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Christmas Looks #2 and #3

For look #2, I changed the lashes to something more “out there” using the Glameyes Manicare Sparkle Lashes, a limited edition release made with Swarovski elements*. I decided that if I was going to keep the rest of my make up “simple”, I may as well go all out with my lashes. Little effort for maximum impact!

Christmas Looks with Sorme Cosmetics

Christmas Looks with Sorme Cosmetics

I kept the same base and eyes from look #1 but just changed the lips to Sorme Confection lipstick*, a nude peach-pink, almost leaning towards coral, shade. The Sorme lipsticks feels light and hydrating on the lips and the shade makes your lips look so lush!

Christmas Look #2

Christmas Look #2

Look #3, I replaced the lipstick with Empress Lip Thick Gloss, a strawberry red shade*. The gloss claims to be a lip plumper as well but I didn’t notice any major lip plumping effect. I did appreciate that the gloss is not too sticky :)

Look #3

Look #3

And a close up of the eye look for all three looks:

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I love the effect of these lashes however they did feel slightly heavier than what I am used to. The Swarovski elements added a nice touch of glamour to such a simple look.

Sorme Cosmetics swatch - Confection lipstick, Empress lip thick gloss, Confection and Empress layered

Sorme Cosmetics swatch – Confection lipstick, Empress lip thick gloss, Confection and Empress layered

When you layer both the lipstick and lipgloss, you get a really nice light berry shade!

The product/s marked with a * in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

Christmas Look #1 – Red Lips

When it comes to Christmas, my default look is always a red lip.

This look features a bright red lip with a very basic eye look. I will be posting look #2 soon which switches up the lip colour but still the same eye look.

Christmas Look #1

Christmas Look #1

Face products
– Sorme Fresh Start Oil-Free Under Foundation  Makeup Enhancer*
– Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Cream in Light/Medium* {this provides light coverage, perfect for the humid weather we had during Christmas day here. Covered the redness around my nose and cheeks well}
– Australis Cosmetics ACONTOUR palette to contour*
– MAC Instant Chic blush
– Sorme Cosmetics Shimmer Glow in Bronzed* {In Summer, I love the look of glowy cheeks and I achieved this effortlessly with Bronzed. Looks like chunky glitter in the tube but goes on to give a nice glow}

Eyes
– Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Concealer*
– Urban Decay Naked 1 palette {shades: Half-Baked, Smog, Darkhorse and Virgin}
– Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown
– Maybelline Master Precise liquid liner
– Model21 false lashes #04

Lips
– MAC Classic Dame mattene

The product/s marked with a * in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

#30blush – Week 1 Recap

Whilst browsing Instagram, I came across a “challenge” that was set by Bloomin Beauty (@bloominbeauty on Instagram) and Techno Cupcake (@technocupcake on Instgram) where for a whole 30 days, you’ll use a different blush each day and then do a recap at the end.

Now, I tend to always opt for the same products everyday. The “you never fail me” products. Yes, we all have them! And I tend to neglect a lot of my other makeup. So when I saw that Emma (@emmabovary on Instagram) and Vita (@makingupvita on Instagram) were taking part, I joined in too. And cos blush fiend.

This is my week 1 recap, complete with swatches!

 

theBalm Frat Boy

theBalm Frat Boy

The Balm Frat Boy – one of my HGs. It gives me the most perfect amount of pink flush with a bit of coral. Just perfect.

MAC Secret beauty powder blush

MAC Secret beauty powder blush

MAC Secret beauty powder blush (limited edition) – A flattering shade of plum/mauve on my olive tanned skin.

Pout Berry Babe blush

Pout Berry Babe

Pout Berry Babe (discontinued) – A bright Barbie hot pink. All that is needed is a light swirl of a stippling brush.

Tarte Tipsy

Tarte Tipsy

Tarte Tipsy – Matte coral blush. Definitely one that is right up my alley. Very flattering on my skintone especially in Summer.

MAC Cantaloupe

MAC Cantaloupe

MAC Cantaloupe – As if you can’t tell already but I love peachy coral blushes and MAC Cantaloupe is no exception.

NARS Luster

NARS Luster

NARS Luster – Yes, continuing on with my favourite shade of blush. NARS Luster is a glowy apricot. Just so glowy.

Laura Mercier Crushed Hazelnut

Laura Mercier Crushed Hazelnut

Laura Mercier Crushed Hazelnut – I don’t own many ‘nude’ blushes. I tend to opt for some colour on my cheeks. But sometimes, you just want some subtle definition and glow.

And some quick and dirty swatches of them all to show you (well, justify to myself) that all my blushes are different. Swatches are in order of listing above :)

#30blush week 1 swatches - theBalm Frat Boy, MAC Secret, Pout Berry Babe, Tarte Tipsy, MAC Cantaloupe, NARS Luster, Laura Mercier Crushed Hazelnut

#30blush week 1 swatches – theBalm Frat Boy, MAC Secret, Pout Berry Babe, Tarte Tipsy, MAC Cantaloupe, NARS Luster, Laura Mercier Crushed Hazelnut

MAC Semi-Precious collection

Wow, talk about a delayed post aye? Sorry guys. For some reason, posting about my tiny haul from MAC’s Semi-Precious collection totally slipped my mind. Better late than never!

Let’s get on with it then…

I purchased Gem of Roses lipstick and Feeling Flush mineralize blush.

Gem of Roses – midtone strawberry pink.

MAC Gem of Roses lipstick

The description by MAC is pretty accurate. Gem of Roses does have a slight gold shimmer but nothing too BAM – in your face. It gives your lips a very nice shine. Application – SMOOTH. Wow! I haven’t been wearing my MAC lipsticks as much these days so I have forgotten about how great they can be. Gem of Roses applies sooo smoothly – like applying lip balm.

Bare lips - natural light

MAC Gem of Roses lipstick - natural light

It gives your lips a hint of colour without taking over the show. Such a perfect everyday lipstick. Unfortuntately, MAC likes its limited edition collections so this is unavailable from counters now. You could try your luck on eBay I guess or for the lucky US ladies – CCOs!

Next I got Feeling Flush mineralize blush. This thing is pigmented as pigmented goes so I prefer using my small stippling brush to apply this. MAC’s description is pretty lack-lustre honestly – “pink, deep blue, soft brown, pink”. The double pink = super pink blush, MAC?

MAC Feeling Flush mineralize blush

I love how crazy pigmented this is. And it’s the perfect pink for my cheeks. I tend to have a bit of redness inmy cheeks but this somehow tones it down and gives me a nice flush. MAC Dollymix blush used to be my go-to for pink cheeks but I’ve since sold it and have found an even better replacement!

Feeling Flush mineralize blush, like most, if not all of MAC’s blushes, last an average of 6-8 hours on me.

MAC Semi-Precious swatches - natural light

MAC Wonder Woman: Mineralize Skinfinish

Slowly going through my MAC Wonder Woman haul.

Next we have the jumbo sized mineralize skinfinishes. And like the blushes, these do cost a bit extra than normal and once again, you do get more product. Usual mineralize skinfinishes retail for $28usd/$47aud and in return, you get 0.35oz/10g of product. But for these Wonder Woman mineralize skinfinishes, you’ll get 0.70oz/20g but you’ll be handing over $35usd/$58aud.

These are huge. Seriously.

Compared to a normal MAC mineralize skinfinish (middle).

The mineralize skinfinishes, unlike the normal ones, come with 3 shades which I would classify as a blush, bronzer and highlighter. Due to their enormous pan sizes, it makes it quite easy to use the shades individually or together.

Golden Lariat

True coral with fine gold shimmer/Soft suntanned bronze/Soft gold with fine shimmer

has a yellow-gold with white shimmer (highlighter) with a red terracotta brown for the bronzing shade. The blusher shade is a mix between apricot and coral with gold shimmer.

The other mineralize skinfinish available is Pink Power

Peachy rose with pink shimmer/Soft rosy bronze/Soft shell pink with fine shimmer

which has a white gold with shimmer for a highlighting shade and, as MAC put it simply, a “rosy bronze” for the bronzer. A shimmery pink is what you’ll find as the blusher shade in Pink Power.

Overall, Golden Lariat, as you can see from the swatches, is more orange-based compared to the pinky-peach of Pink Power. The highlighting shades in both the mineralize skinfinishes had noticeable shimmer but not the chunky noticeable kind, if that makes sense? Whereas the bronzer shades had a really soft and subtle sheen and the blusher shades had shimmer but very soft and fine shimmer so as to add a nice glow to your face.

I think it was a great idea to include 3 shades in these as it adds a bit more value and makes it a bit easier to hand over the $35usd/$58aud. However, not too sure why MAC didn’t add a mirror to these ones! Would have been handy.

MAC Wonder Woman: Powder Blush (duo)


Let’s start off my MAC Wonder Woman series with 2 of the powder blushes (duos) that’s available.

First one is Amazon Princess. This is described as “bright yellow pink/deep blue pink with gold pearl”. The textures of both the blushes in this compact is satin.


Mighty Aphrodite, my favourite, is a “warm peach coral with gold pearl/Bright coral pink with gold pearl”. Unlike Amazon Princess, only one shade is a satin and the other is a frost :)

I love how finely milled MAC’s blushes are. They’re not chunky, are decently pigmented and, on my cheeks, they last at least 8 hours.

MAC has come out with blush duos before way back when but the difference between the previously released blush duos and these Wonder Woman blush duos is the fact that MAC, for some odd reason, decided not to just split the 2 shades equally in the pan. One side is larger and therefore easier to use but that small section? Kinda hard to get.

The first thing you’ll notice about most of the MAC Wonder Woman items is that they’re supersized. In the powder blush duos case, you get 0.38oz/11g of product compared to the usual 0.21oz/6g of product MAC usually offers in their blushes. Yes, the price is higher than usual but when you think about it – you’re paying an extra $5.50usd/$4aud for what is essentially nearly double the product. Oh, and you get a mirror lol :)

Ok. I have no idea why some people are bitching and moaning about the packaging. I think the packaging reflects really well on the classic Wonder Woman style and if you have a problem with it, take it up with DC Comics. C’mon people?! MAC went along with the classics and yet there’s still a problem. With Venomous Villains, it was because they weren’t classic enough. Some people just need something to bitch about. /rant


Now onto swatches…!

Amazon Princess:


Mighty Aphrodite:

MAC Wonder Woman Haul


I only let myself cheat on my no/low-buy for this collection cos I am a collector of awesome pretty things 😛

When this was released a couple of weeks ago in the US, I got my friend to get me both the mineralize skinfinishes, both blushes and a lipstick.

Spitfire lipstick – Bright creamy magenta (Satin) $15.50usd/$37.00aud
Mighty Aphrodite blush duo – Warm peach coral with gold pearl/Bright coral pink with gold pearl (Satin/Frost) $24.00usd/$45.00aud
Amazon Princess blush duo – Bright yellow pink/Deep blue pink with gold pearl (Satin/Satin) $24.00usd/$45.00aud
Pink Power mineralize skinfinish – Peachy rose with pink shimmer/Soft rosy bronze/Soft shell pink with fine shimmer $35.00usd/$58.00aud
Golden Lariat mineralize skinfinish – True coral with fine gold shimmer/Soft suntanned bronze/Soft gold with fine shimmer $35.00usd/$58.00aud

I am so glad I have such a great friend in the US who’s willing to help me get all these cosmetics so I don’t have to pay the Australian retail. All up, I saved ~$88!

Stay tuned – swatches and reviews are coming up soon :)

Review – MAC Just a Pinch gel blush

Just a Pinch gel blush was released in 2009 with the A Rose Romance collection. Described by MAC as a “sheer red pink tint”, the solid bright red shade staring back at you can seem scary! However, just as it is described, it is a gorgeous sheer red when applied. No shimmers here.


I’ve used cream blushes before but never gel blushes so this really piqued my interest. Despite it being a gel blush, the consistency is a bit more solid. Being a gel blush means that just slightly tapping my finger against the surface provides more than enough colour for my cheeks!

It goes on smoothly and is very blendable. Dries within a couple of seconds and doesn’t leave a sticky residue behind.

As for staying power, it lasts 3-4 hours on me.

Bronzed


I love bronzers! I admit it – I’m one of those girls who can’t stand being pale. In Winter, my skintone lightens to about NC25-30 so I’m actually not that pale anyways but I love it when I’m like NC35-40!

Ironically, I don’t own many bronzers. I find that Tarte Park Avenue Princess bronzer works great for me so why fix something that’s not broken? Anyways, the latest addition to my bronzer family, making it three, is MAC Shooting Star MSF :)

Shooting Star, released in the A Muse collection in 2006, is a nice warm caramel rose shade which just glows on you thanks to the shimmer :)

I compared it to my other bronzers – Benefit Hoola and Tarte Park Avenue Princess for you to see :)


MAC Venomous Villains Collection – Bite of an Apple blush

Front and back of box

This was part of the Evil Queen collection.

I’m sucha sucker for corals and peaches. I need to branch out!

When I swatched it, it wasn’t very pigmented at all. Definitely a bright blush but because it’s sheer, it means you won’t end up looking clownish.

Soft coral pink (Matte)

Smooth application and quite sheer so you can build up the colour.

Flash

Without flash

Swatch