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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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Bobbi Brown Cosmic Raspberry Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Cosmic Raspberry Rich Lip Color
Bobbi Brown Cosmic Raspberry Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Cosmic Raspberry Rich Lip Color

Bobbi Brown Cosmic Raspberry Rich Lip Color ($22.00 for 0.12 oz.) is described as a “bright pink fuchsia.” It’s a bright, medium-dark pink with a little touch of fuchsia–it is blue-based but subtly so.  Bobbi Brown’s Rich Lip Colors are really comfortable to wear with their semi-matte finishes, creamy but lightweight textures, and rich color coverage. They are also scent- and taste-free, which should appeal to some. Wear was anywhere from four to six hours, with deeper shades like Cosmic Raspberry wearing for six hours.

Bobbi Brown Cosmic Raspberry Rich Lip Color

A+
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
4.5
Application
99%
Total

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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #083

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

First, I’ll share mine!

Haul:  MAC Beauty Balm, MAC Sponges, MAC Double Sharpener

Weekend plans:  Catching up on sleep, hoping to have some fun outdoors if the weather would cooperate!

What’s on your nails:  Zoya Gilda on fingers, China Glaze For Audrey on toes!

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This week’s Mellan photo…


He does this ALL the time – why bother shaking off the water when he gets right back in?!

shu uemura Color Atelier Collection for Summer 2011


shu uemura Color Atelier Collection

Style your own palette. Mix, match, and customize your colors for infinite make-up possibilities. Freedom of color choice. Choose your make-up as you do your wardrobe. Personalize your make-up palette to meet your every desire. 46 shades of Pressed Eyeshadow and 18 shades of Glow On Blush.

Pressed Eyeshadow Refill ($15.00)

M = Matte, a velvety, even finish gives vivid color with a smooth finish. P = Pearl, a silky shimmer of light for a luminous radiance. IR = Iridescent, captivating shades offer glimmering reflectiosn of changing colors. ME = Metallic, smooth like liquid with a metallic glow. G = Glitters, abundant sparkles for glistening glamour.

  • Highlight (Light): P 910, M 907, ME 906, IR715, IR 911, M 813, P 812, IR 811
  • Base Color (Soft): ME 336, P 140, ME 270, P 540, ME 432, IR 370, P 645, P 851, P 832, ME 735, ME 655
  • Define (Medium): ME 862, ME 785, ME 686, ME 472, ME 761, ME 471, ME 885, ME 856, IR 675
  • Accent (Vivid/Glitter): M 280, G Gold, G Bronze, G Silver, M 776, G White
  • Eye Line (Dark): M 895, P 781, IR 985, M 980, IR 690, P 995, ME 996, P 861, P 696, P 595

Glow On Blush Refill ($18.00)

M = Matte, a velvety, even finish gives vivid color with a smooth finish. P = Pearl, a silky shimmer of light for a luminous radiance.

  • Highlight (Light): P Light Peach 510, P Light Pink 315, M Light Peach 520
  • Blusher (Soft): M Soft Mauve 225, M Soft Coral 345, M Soft Apricot 521, M Soft Pink 325, M Soft Pink 326, P Soft Peach 530, M Soft Pink 335, M Soft Pink 336, P Soft Amber 740
  • Shadow and Accent (Medium/Vivid): P Vivid Pink 385, P Medium Peach 560, M Medium Amber 761, M Medium Peach 561, P Medium Peach 550, P Vivid Orange 571

Mono Case ($8.00)

Available in black or white.

Duo Case ($9.00)

Available in black or white.

Quad ($14.00)

Available in black or white.

availability: June 2011, shuuemura-usa.com

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