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MAC Sheer Plum Lipstick

MAC Sheer Plum Lipstick
MAC Sheer Plum Lipstick

MAC Sheer Plum Lipstick

MAC Sheer Plum Lipstick ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “rouged chocolate” with a lustre finish.  It’s a reddened brown with semi-opaque color and a subtly glossy finish. For a lustre, it’s particularly pigmented, though it’s not completely opaque.  It glides on easily and leaves behind ample amount of color with a good amount of shine.  I actually found this lustre to be a bit moisturizing, as compared to other lustres that do nothing for me in the moisturization department.

my thoughts on the formula: MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free. I typically get four hours of wear, but some of the lighter lustre and glaze finishes tend to disappear by hour three. Amplified cremes and amplified finishes, however, tend to go beyond four. I find the formula comfortable to wear and not drying (but not moisturizing–a couple of the matte shades can be drying).

P.S. — I have no idea why the tube of lipstick looks like that; it didn’t look like it had anything on it when I swatched it originally.

MAC Lipstick Sheer Plum
Sheer Plum
Sheer Plum
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4
Application
88%
Total

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7 Summer Beauty Tips


7 Summer Beauty Tips

Summer has kicked off (well, for some of us; even in California, it’s rather gloomy!), and the change in weather means a change in beauty routines!

Go waterproof! Nothing is more budge-, crease-, and smudge-proof than something that is also waterproof or water resistant. You might not be swimming, but the sweat and humidity can take a toll on things like eyeliner and mascara.

Powder, powder, powder! Whenever you apply a cream or liquid product, make sure you set it with powder. I find this is true of my routine year-round but even more so during the warmer months. Keeping a pressed powder compact in your bag is an excellent way to freshen up your face after being outside, too.

Less is more! When it’s just sweltering out, you might just want to wear less makeup. Get creative with the “minimal” look to get you through the hottest days.

Consider cream/gel blushes. These kinds of blushes tend to last longer–blushes that are designed to stain will last longer than your average powder blush, because the sweat won’t break it down as easily.

Apply in layers for all-day wear. For occasions that you want to wear a full face of makeup, remember to layer. For face, wear a primer, followed by your foundation, and if it’s liquid/cream, set with powder. For lips, use a lip liner and apply lipstick with a brush (and top with gloss if desired). For eyes, do mascara last and allow foundation to fully set before applying.

Find a good sunscreen that works under makeup. Ideally, you want a sunscreen with a matte or semi-matte finish. You don’t want anything greasy or that takes forever to absorb. It’s also important to give it enough time to sink in before applying any base makeup to ensure the makeup sits on the skin well.

Try a tinted moisturizer! This is one of my favorite products for the summer, because most tinted moisturizers also contain SPF, so you can quickly apply it and achieve sheer coverage–enough to even out minor imperfections and give skin an overall more polished appearance (for those of us not blessed with perfect skin!).

Feel free to share your summer beauty tips in the comments! 🙂

shu uemura Ethnocolor Scope Tokyo Lash Bar for 2011


shu uemura Ethnocolor Scope Tokyo Lash Bar for 2011

shu uemura consistently challenges the boundaries of expression with unparalleled expertise and vision. In1968 founder Shu Uemura introduced the world to “mode make-up”, a make-up collection of cutting-edge design and concept that led the world to new trends and elevated make-up to a state of art. Eyes embellished with shu uemura’s iconic false eyelashes broadened the possibilities of expression and were often used as the means to express the concept of “mode”.

tokyo lash bar is a modern lash play-space providing total eye make-up service enabling customers to freely explore unique eye designs with make-up and beyond. The first tokyo lash bar opened in 2004 and quickly expanded to become an international beauty staple, providing a stage for shu uemura’s annual false eyelash collection. 2011’s tokyo lash bar collection, “ethnocolor-scope” features the beauty of intricate decoration inspired by handicrafts. A signature fusion of fashion trends, art, and innovations catapulted shu uemura into an industry vanguard. Discover the innovation emboldening women around the world.

Ethnic Charm ($65.00 U.S. / $85.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Lively and charming eyelashes trimmed with yellow, green and orange beads. The vivid décor on the tips of these lashes gives a fun, youthful look.

Tribal Patch ($28.00 U.S. / $36.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Wear these cheeky lashes to accent a casual look. Inspired by patchwork designs, they dazzle with striking colors, adding a rich graphic accent to your eyes.

Green Folklore ($65.00 U.S. / $85.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

Intricately layered eyelashes with an accent of luscious feathers. This extraordinarily elaborate design creates a refreshing verdant gaze. The green-feather mini eyelashes.

Oriental Arch ($28.00 U.S. / $36.00 CDN) (Limited Edition)

The elegance of Asia inspires eyelashes with a rare splendor. A silky woven thread forms a unique arch shape to accentuate your oriental beauty.

Mini Fancy Bonbon ($22.00 U.S. / $32.00 CDN)

The delightful bonbons on natural brown lashes add a festive and candy-sweet flavor to your gaze.

Mini Violet ($22.00 U.S. / $32.00 CDN)

Purple cotton threads and a delicate flower motif enhance an adorably girly look.

availability: June 2011, shuuemura-usa.com

You can also vote for your favorite look in their The Beauty Art Make-up Competition–the challenge is Birds of Paradise!

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Have you ever gone on a no-buy?


Have you ever gone on a no-buy?

A no-buy is when you cease buying all beauty products (some exceptions might be stipulated, e.g. replacing your moisturizer if you finish it, etc.) or something more conditional–like “no-buy on pink lipsticks” until you’ve finished X of them.  If so, were you successful?  What helped you stay on the right path?  What did you do when temptation struck?

I, obviously, have not done one, and this blog would be pretty boring if I ever did go on one, but here are my tips:

  • Mix and match to create something new: if you see a new shade that is driving you mad, try using existing products to custom mix the shade.  If it’s a pretty pink with a hint of plum, try mixing a pink lipstick and layering a plum gloss or pat of plum eyeshadow on top.
  • Avoid temptation: Nordstrom’s shoe section always gets me, so I try to avoid walking by it when I know I shouldn’t be looking at them.  This might mean avoiding your favorite haunts, be them counters, stores, or even blogs and the like.
  • Make a wish list for the future: consider tracking items that have caught your eye by creating a wish list for whenever your no-buy ends–you might find you’re totally over them by that time!
  • Be clear and realistic: when you start your no-buy, try to give yourself some clear rules but make it realistic.  Don’t forget that there are basics/staples–see how low you’re running–because it’ll feel better knowing you didn’t have to break any rules at the end, which is why it can make more sense to make it a conditional no-buy sometimes.
  • Pull out products you haven’t used in awhile:  we all have our favorites, go-tos, and often push new products to the forefront, but there are a lot of old favorites we forget about that are easy to fall in love with all over again.

MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35


MAC Beauty Balm

MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35

MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35 ($30.00 for 1 fl. oz.) is described as a “lightly tinted in a nearly sheer beige tone to work on an array of complexions, it creamily re-texturizes the skin and then goes on to excel at being a face primer with high everyday UVA/UVB SPF 35 defense.”

First things first, I have no experience using BB Creams as they are known elsewhere in the world, so I urge you to check out Musings of a Muse’s review on this as well as her informative post on what BB Creams are. She pretty much sums them as one major multi-tasking face product that imparts skincare benefits, along with concealing/foundation and moisturizing qualities.  On its face, MAC isn’t marketing this as a “true” BB Cream from what I can gather, because it’s designed to work best as a face primer–not as a tinted moisturizer, moisturizer, foundation, concealer, etc.

It’s a soft, sheer shade of yellowed beige with soft shimmer-sheen. It’s not something I could wear alone at all, because it just looked a bit too light on me (I am NC25/NC30 for reference). When I layered Kiehl’s Tinted Moisturizer over it, it became something I could use. It seems more like an illuminating primer to me; something like MAC Strobe Cream but yellow-based and with a significantly different texture (not as thick or heavy, thinner, not quite as shimmery).

It works well as a primer; it helped keep my makeup looking fresher longer (ten hours) and always felt lightweight. I only tested this product for two days (not back-to-back), though, because it does have dimethicone as the second ingredient in it, which I am more-often-than-not sensitive to, but for readers, I wanted to give it a shot. I didn’t experience any breakouts, but I deliberately tested it on two occasions but with a week between each try.

The packaging is interesting, because it has a very long, needle-nose applicator that squeezes out the merest amount.  For a product you wear all over your face, it seems too precise.  It’s by no means a deal-breaker, since I would rather squeeze out more than have half the tube squirt out, but I thought it was interesting.

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