Monday, May 31, 2010

MAC Opulash Mascara Review

I picked up MAC Opulash Mascara in Bad Bad Black at the preview/release party for MAC To The Beach. I'm always game for new mascara's to add to my arsenal. I find some mascara's are great for everyday (eg. MAC Studio Fix Lash Mascara), others are great to add plump and length, but require a bit of work (eg. MAC Zoom Fast Black Lash Mascara). Opulash leans more towards the later category of mascara's. It delivers length, thickness and deep dark blackness, yet not too much work :)

The wand itself is quite similar to Diorshow and Diorshow Blackout. It is not as wide or fluffy as MAC Plushlash mascara. However, the wand runs on the long side, so if you find long wands difficult to control, take some care in using this brush.

As for color, it runs fairly dark. Actually, as close to Diorshow Blackout. The formula is on the thick side, however doesn't get too goopy to need a wipe down before using it.

For the pictures below, I've used MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack to tightline my upper lashline. For the lower waterline, I've used MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Engraved. First picture is no mascara, yet curled. Second picture is with one generous coat. Third picture is lashes curled with a heated eyelash curler and an extra coat of MAC Opulash Mascara.

The description for Opulash states that it will last for up to 15 hours. While I didn't wear it for exactly 15 hours, I did wear it to work, the commute to work there and back, the gym for 2 hours of sweating and a walk with my dog. After 13 hours, no flaking and no smudging. Removal is pretty easy, just a wee bit of MAC Cleanse Off Oil is enough. In addition, the price is right. At only $16.50 CAD a tube, it doesn't make my wallet cry or break the beauty budget.

The verdict? Love it. I would definitely pick this up in the future. :)

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

FOTD: MAC To The Beach & Opulash Mascara

So I've been a bit lazy with FOTD's. Mostly due to seasonal allergies, I haven't been doing as much eye makeup lately. At the moment, I'm doing slightly brighter cheeks and lips. The color of the moment is coral, so pinks, peaches, orange and the like are what I've played with here.

At the MAC To The Beach Preview Party, I also got a tube of MAC Opulash Mascara in Bad, Bad Black. I've only used this a few times, but wow am I loving it. Full review of Opulash Mascara to come soon :)

The only lip product I got from To The Beach so far is Flurry of Fun lipglass. Flurry of Fun is a sheer orange lipgloss with reflects blue and teal glitter. I am loving it over top of cooler lipsticks. Here, I've used it over MAC Victorian lipstick which is a fairly cool frosted light pink with a golden sheen. While the color remains pink, it's warmed up enough for me to pull off :)

What I used:

MAC Opulash Mascara, Bad, Bad Black
MAC Fluidline, Blacktrack

MAC Cremeblend Blush, Joie-de-Vivre
MAC Blush, Hipness
MAC Mineralize Skin Finish, Shimpagne

MAC Lipstick, Victorian
MAC Lipglass, Flurry of Fun

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

MAC To The Beach Preview Launch Party Haul & Review

I was lucky enough to get an invite to the MAC To the Beach Preview Launch Party at the MAC Robson location last night. We were greeted with a few male models in swim trunks making necklaces with cord, beads, seashells and wood. In addition to the eye candy and free necklaces, cocktails and delicious snacks were made available. The store was crowded with many people crowded over the MAC To The Beach displayers.

With order list in hand, my little haul included Marine Life Highlighter, Hipness Blush and Flurry of Fun Lipglass. The packaging of each product was fairly simple in either orange or green packaging.

Marine Life Highlighter is a two-toned pink and coral powder good for both highlighting or a light cheek color. I think this is definitely the item to get due to the cute seahorse.

Hipness blush is a pinky coral in a frost finish. This is definitely a shade that I could wear every day. It compliments Joie-De-Vivre Cremeblend Blush. It is also very similar to Fleur Power blush, part of the permanent line at MAC. I've done a comparison picture for those on the fence on Hipness.

Flurry of Fun Lipglass is a sheer orangey gloss with blue and teal reflects glitter. On swatching, it jumped out at me with a capital J. It kind of reminded me of MAC Hello Kitty Nice To Be Nice, but with way more glitter. It's very sparkly and definitely one to wear for a night out.

What I skipped: Bronzers, brushes, eye shadows, lipsticks, nail lacquers and pencils. I have never been much of a bronzer fan in any format because I tend to darken easily (& relatively evenly) with very little sun. I have both the MAC 130 and 131 brushes, hence skippable for me. Check out my review of the MAC 130 Duo Fibre Brush here. Promise I'll do MAC 131 Duo Fibre Brush review as well :) Since 2 of the 5 eye shadows were permanent, this left only 3 possible eye shadows to consider. Firecracker just didn't look like an eye shadow I would ever wear while Sand & Sun left me thinking that I must have something like that in my Tarte Treasure Chest. Sweet & Punchy was pretty, but reminded me too much of Rated R from Love That Look. The nail lacquers, lipsticks, lipliners and eye liners didn't wow me over. To be honest In The Buff Nail Lacquer just made me think of being sick many years ago. The color did not appeal to me at all, so it was a pass.

That's all for now for MAC To The Beach. I'm still thinking of the limited edition eye shadows and maybe an eye liner, so perhaps I'll have an update on launch day ;)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Beautifully Scented Benefit Sugarbomb

Benefit Sugarbomb comes in a beautiful metallic pink box with a small brush applicator. It is composed of peach, light pink, lavender and medium pink. Sugarbomb has a light shimmer. It is no where near glittery, just a hint of shimmer/sheen that's great for everyday use.

It reminds me a little of MAC Perfect Topping Mineralize Skinfinish, however with a lot less shimmer and with more pigmentation.

On my NC40 skin, it works well as a light blush paired with brighter eye makeup and lipstick. I also like to use this over top of a blush that is brighter than I need while adding a bit of sheen. It's a great color that lasts all day and has made its way to sit in my everyday makeup section of my stash :)
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Sunday, May 9, 2010

FOTD: MAC Plum Spring Color Forecast

This is a post I was planning on doing quite some time ago. I've been sitting on it since the end of March but I don't really like doing a lot of face looks. I've used a lot of products from MAC Spring Color Forecast and MAC Too Fabulous. I don't tend to wear a lot of blue based pinks since they tend to be too cool for me. MAC Laugh-A-Lot fits that need well for me :)

What I used:
Urban Decay Primer Potion
MAC Paint Pot, Painterly
Benefit Browzing, Dark
MAC Eye Shadow Quad, Color 3 (Mink Pink, inner & middle third of lid; Bruised Plum, crease and above crease; Black Tulip, outer third)
MAC Eyeshadow, Chamomile (highlight)
MAC Technakohl Liner, Graphblack
MAC Zoom Fast Black Lash Mascara

MAC Mineralize Blush, Buddy-Up
MAC Lipstick, Laugh-A-Lot

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

MAC Brown, Now Greasepaint Stick & Artifact Paint Pot Comparison Swatches

I caved. I got MAC Brown, Now Greasepaint Stick from the MAC Art Supplies collection. (Heheh, this makes for my third post about the collection. Obviously, I really liked the eye products ;) I didn't think I would want to get another burgundy base, but the creaminess and ease of use of a Greasepaint Stick just drew me in. While I have MAC Cosmetics Artifact Paint Pot, the stick format of Greasepaint Sticks is easier to use and apply.

Brown, Now Greasepaint Stick is significantly darker and browner than Artifact. Brown, Now also has less gold than Artifact does. Artifact Paint Pot is redder, however it isn't overly different to need to have both. Both are dark burgundy with gold and red shimmer.

Browsing through the MAC Cosmetics Canada and USA web sites, I no longer see Artifact as being available. It was a part of the permanent line when I picked it up last summer. If you've missed out on Brown, Now or Artifact, check your counters!
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

MAC Too Fabulous Mouth Off & In Sync Lip Pencils Review & Swatches

MAC Too Fabulous has probably been making its way off the MAC counters as of late. I know at the MAC counters I usually go to, they have mostly blushes, a few pencils and the permanent Cremesheen Glasses. Since I have I am a little lacking in the lip pencil department, I thought to try out Mouth Off and In Sync Lip Pencils. These two are great basics that compliment a multitude of lipsticks. (Well besides Naked Lip Pencil, which I'm sure we all know should be permanent ASAP! ;)

Mouth Off is described as a deep peach coral. However, I find it a bit more of a subdued orange than coral. In Sync is described as bright yellow pink. I find it to be more of a light pale peachy pink. While I find the descriptions a tad off, these colors are suitable for quite a few lipsticks in my stash. The formula is a tad on the dry side, however this helps prevent lipstick bleeding. Unfortunately, lipstick bleeding is something I suffer from with slippery lipsticks and glosses that like to move on me. These lip liners do help loads. Let's just hope that they'll be released again ;)

By the way, got any favorites lip pencils? Suggestions are greatly appreciated :)
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Monday, May 3, 2010

MAC To The Beach Event Invitation

Hey dolls! I got a pleasant surprise from MAC today with an invitation in the mail to the MAC To The Beach event at the MAC Pro Store I hit up for new releases. The event will take place on May 18 with some foodies & drinkies. The official release date is May 27, 2010, so I'm excited to get in to swatch & buy early ;) Of course I will share with hauls & swatch photos shortly after the event.

Tentatively on my list, I want the beach bag, highlight powder, Hipness Blush, Get Away Bronze Blush, Flurry of Fun Lipglass, Beach Bound Lipstick, Lazy Day Lipstick, Sweet & Punchy Eye Shadow, Easy Lounger Lipglass, and Splashing Lipglass. I'm glad that the two brushes in this collection are repromotes that I already have in my stash. I always have a compelling urge to get limited edition brushes, so this time around I know I won't be getting extra's of them ;)

PS, isn't the invitation cute? The seashell shaped invitation and coral printed envelope were a delight to see in the mail box on a not so fabulous day. :)
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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Super Easy Tearduct Highlighter: Sephora Flashy Pink Waterproof Liner Review & Swatch

The Sephora Flashy Pink Waterproof Eye Liner is probably the quickest way to highlight your tearduct without using a brush and eye shadow. Flashy Pink is a waterproof pencil eye liner that is in a pale pearly pink shade. The shimmer is noticeable without being glittery and does not verges on to the too frosty side either.

Flashy Pink applies smoothly and evenly due to its creamy texture. The color is well pigmented. Only 1 pass on the waterline and it makes me look awake :). Unfortunately, it does not stay on the waterline very well for me. On the waterline closest to my eye, the pencil fades away after about 6 hours. However, closer to my lashline, this pretty frosty pink stays on for a good 10-12 hours for me.

As an inner tear duct highlight, it's just right. Not too much glimmer and frost brings a bit of a glow that is subtle. I also like that a separate brush is needed to apply this. It makes it travel ready or at least great to leave in your makeup bag while on the go. Definitely check it out girls! :)
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Saturday, May 1, 2010

The Cuteness of The Tokidoki Kabuki Brush

The cutest item from my Sephora Sale Haul included this cute purple and white brush from Tokidoki. The kabuki brush has white bristles with purple tips. It comes well packaged in a clear box that is covered in Tokidoki print. The handle is short and covered in Tokidoki print on all 5 sides of the handle. Yes, 5 sides. The four sides of a square and the bottom. The bristles are wonderfully soft and fluffy. So far after only a few uses and one wash, it has yet to shed much at all.

My only complaint is that this brush is quite wide. It runs wider than my MAC 182 kabuki brush when pushed out. I typically use a kabuki brush to apply loose mineral foundation and to blend out pigmented blush. Due to its size, I found this brush didn't allow for the loose foundation to be pressed into my skin as well as with a MAC 181SE mini kabuki brush. I do find it works well for applying loose setting powder because the bristles are quite a bit longer.

I think the best part of this brush is the Tokidoki print around the handle and even on the bottom of it. It brings a smile to my face when I look at it on my makeup desk. It is truly a well made brush, no shedding :) As for value, it is regularily $36CAD or $28USD. It still runs less than a MAC 182 brush for $55CAD. I'm liking this brush and hope you do too :)

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