Makeup Review: MAC Makeup Brush Cleanser

Okay, so I’m dedicated to my old faithful of Clinique, though it’s becoming harder to locate in stores now. So, I’m opting to try out other cleansers and hoping they do the same or better job.

Enter MAC.

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Retail price is $16.00 and pretty much available everywhere. I got this at Macy’s.

Now we know the player, let’s play the game:

I wet my brushes and poured the cleanser on them. I rubbed my brushes with my fingertips and tried to get within every nook and cranny to clean them.

I often had to repeat because my brushes were pretty filthy (I do clean my brushes every week).

I did get the job done, however:

So let’s start with the pros and cons:

Pros:

  • MAC is a reliable brand on the upswing. Very solid brand.
  • The cleanser is about the same price I’ve paid for others so reasonable.
  • Available on maccosemetics.com, macys.com, and I believe, Amazon.
  • Very light, hardly any fragrance.

Cons:

  • I had to use A LOT. I was constantly pouring and honestly, I’m not sure if that was worth the money.
  • The substance is very watery, so if you’re used to thicker cleansers, you might not like this.
  • I bought this a little over two weeks ago and I’m just about out, so I’m not sure if it’s an investment I want to make. (I will chalk it up that I might have used too much, however my brushes were dirty as hayle.)

Do I recommend MAC’s brush cleanser? I don’t know. It does clean very well, but you have to use a lot (which is also the same issue I had with Clinique, but with Clinique, there was a pump so you could control how much came out).

If I had to do decide, I would say no because I think even if you used just plain soap and water, you might clean your brushes better.

What are your favorite brush cleansers?

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Fall 2016 Nudes and Browns

I finally did a long-awaited nude lip swatch review. I’m still getting used to do makeup reviews on YouTube so bare with me a little as I make adjustments!

Anyway, here it is!

Can You Be In the Nude?

As I’ve been experimenting more with my lips, I found that I have a small penchant for the nude lippy. The barely-there-but-we-can-all-tell-you’re-wearing-something-on-your- lips-and-OMG-I-so-want-that-look color.

So, there are three nude-ish colors in my arsenal that I like. Let’s start –

NYX Praline

 

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It gives a shimmer color and it goes on very smooth. I like this because it has brown undertones that highlight the golden ones in my skin.

NYX Rome

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This is a new one for me. It’s a matte lip color and I found out the hard way (because I normally don’t wear mattes) is that you need to have conditioned lips before you put the color on or your lips are going to feel like bricks. I highly, strongly advise you wear some type of lip conditioner or chap stick underneath.

To be honest, you should get into the habit of having conditioned lips regardless if you’re wearing a shimmer, a matte, or just plain because your lips need to be taken care of. Andplusalso, drink a lot of water. It does help prevent chapped lips. (Moisturize from within!)

My favorite is just an old standard – Burt’s Bees (found in any drugstore and retails for about $4). If Burt’s Bees might be too pricey for you, there’s also just regular Chapstick ($2) or Carmex (as little for 99 cents). For a designer lip conditioner, my favorite is MAC lip conditioner that retails for about $16.

Rome has a lot of pink in it (think rosy and not neon), so it’s a very soft color. I would say this is very much a “daytime” lip color.

Both Praline and Rome retail for about $5.99.

MAC Shockolate and Oh Baby!

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I used Shockolate for the base and Oh Baby! as a shimmer top coat. It pairs well together. I haven’t used Shockolate by itself but when I do, I’ll be sure to post a pic of it. I plan to do another post re brown colors.

Both colors retail for about $16 each.

What nudes are your favorite colors? What would you like to see me explore? Sound off in the comments!

 

How Giving Fantastic Lip Will Change Your Life!

This past weekend, I decided to play with my makeup a tad. So let’s start off with the first product review, which is the Raizin blush by MAC.

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Now, I’ve never really been partial to blushes. Not that I love or hate them, but I’ve been been pretty indifferent to them. It’s one of those things I don’t have to have in my makeup harmony. But it’s okay. I can’t miss what I normally don’t have, right?

How naive I was.

On the advice and curiosity of a fabulous sister blog, I decided to try this out for myself.

Amazeballs.

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For starters, it’s very rich so you don’t have to use a whole lot. I can say in comparison to a similar brand and price range to NARS, the MAC blushes are definitely worth the money ($22). Yes, you read that right. The blush is in the double digits. However, you’re paying for quality here. And this quality will last a long time. Keep in mind, this is something everyone is seeing on your face so it will matter in the long run.

 

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I took this picture in natural light so you can see how it looks in a realistic setting. I’m wearing MAC lip glass in Shockolate as the base and Oh Baby! on top.

Speaking of lip color and the purpose of this post…

I wanted to experiment with my lips more. As I stated in a previous post, instead of trying to take the focus away from my lips, I began to embrace them more. (When you’re teased as child for your full lips, it takes a while to appreciate them.)

So, I decided to play with my lips creating a day/night look. Now, I’m wearing NARS tinted moisturizer, Too Faced Natural Eyes makeup, the lovely MAC Raizin blush, and Maybelline mascara. Yes, Maybelline. (I don’t like fake eyelashes on me so you probably won’t ever see me review them.)

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For context, the pic on the left was taken sometime in the early afternoon. The picture on the right was taken in late afternoon/early evening. I’m wearing NYX’s Black Cherry Tart.

Amazing how one simple look can make such a huge impact? Insanity.

Thank you for stopping by! The next review will be of Camille Rose’s Curl Milk!

If there are any products you want me to review, please drop a suggestion! I would love to try!

 

It’s All About Me

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned since becoming a (rainbow) mother is self-care. And I don’t mean just mentally but all around – physically, spiritually, emotionally. As a mom, we’re often stretched then – we’re chauffeurs, chefs, accountants, maids, small business owners, creatives, lovers, wives, etc. It also mean we tend to neglect one area of our lives to focus more on the bigger picture.

I have to say my journey started back in 2013 when I was pregnant and off work. Working for the state and also in the private sector meant I couldn’t really play around with my appearance very much. So naturally, when I was off work I decided this was going to be the time to have some fun. I started small with nail polish (if you’re a bit conservative with your appearance and want a change, I do suggest start small and work your way up). The biggest change came when I chopped off all of my hair. I did mention I’m working on a sleeve on my right arm.

Now it’s time to play with makeup.

Growing up, my mother was not a fan of makeup other than a little foundation and maybe some lipstick. So as I became older and wanted to experiment with makeup, while my mother wasn’t against it, she wasn’t for it. Eventually, she did purchase my first Iman compact and lip gloss when I was about 16.

I have to say due to that, I never really been comfortable with makeup, despite having friends do my face. I did glam it up on my wedding day and that’s what’s important. But for everyday use? Not really. I decided I need to stop playing so safe. We only have one life to live, right? Why not go for it?

So last week, I decided to experiment with different looks. I’m wearing the same base (NARS) and eye makeup (Too Faced) but I’ve noticed that people don’t really pay attention to my eyes very much. And for a while I wanted them to until a makeup artist asked me why when my lips were my best feature.

Heh. So let’s present my experimentation in lip colors, shall we?

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I went for the soft look here. Lip color is Rikugien in NARS.

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Out and about on Saturday. Lip color is Rebel by MAC.

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Monday park date. Lip colors are Shockolate (base) and Oh Baby! (top) in MAC.

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I finally discovered Nyx after hearing so many of my IG friends rave about it. This is Praline.

I want to go for bolder looks so I’ll be featuring some deeper colors and more reds. This is fun. I wish I did this years ago!

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No reason for this pic. I just really like it. 🙂