Saturday, January 12, 2013

MAC Review | Favorite Blush & Highlighter Combo

I can't deny that MAC makes great products.  
Over the years of experimenting with makeup, I have come up with my own holy grail MAC blush and MAC highlighter combo. 

MAC Melba & MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (Soft & Gentle)

I always thought I could never wear a highlight because of my oily skin.  
Well guess what?  I was wrong.

To combat a shiny face, I apply highlighter only on:
- tops of my cheekbones
- under the brow bone
- inner tear duct
- bridge of my nose
- cupids bow

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (Soft & Gentle)  
This highlighter is described as a luxurious velvet-soft powder with a high-frost metallic finish.
It leaves a subtle champagne golden glow to the cheeks without making you look like a disco ball.
I've heard people complain that it's far too 'glittery' for them.
I don't find this product to be anything near that.
A little goes a long way.
It retails for $29.

MAC Melba
This blush is a soft matte, medium-dark, peachy color.  It's a beauty.
I've used this blush on a number of skin tones and it looks beautiful on all.
I personally have a cooler skin tone and I'm in love!
The color payoff is great and is nowhere near chalky.
You get what you pay for.
Melba looks phenomenal with a tan!
It retails for $20.

I was introduced to this blush by two of my favorite vloggers:  
I am forever converted to peachy toned blushers. 

GR †

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Body Shop | Almond Hand & Nail Cream

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd spend $20 on a hand cream.
I mean c'mon, it's a hand cream for god's sake!  
I DESPISE the greasy residue that plenty of them leave behind but needed something for my extra dry hands.   
 I knew I needed to go back and purchase this hand cream when I left ULTA empty handed.  

This hand and nail cream smells beautiful!  A sweet nutty smell.  
It's a combination of almond oil, shea butter, honey, soya oil and brazil nut oil, all which are supported by the community fair trade.  
No animal testing here.

The Body Shop has done a fabulous job with the packaging.  
(Yes, I'm one of those, a sucker for packaging).
It's easy to travel with and comes with a screw cap.

 The tiniest amount goes a long way.  Trust me!  
The consistency is a bit runnier than the hand creams I've used in the past which I love.
In a matter of minutes it's fully absorbed into the skin and leaves your hands and nail beds feeling soft and nourished.

Before bed, I work this hand cream into my nails.  
I've noticed a significant difference in the condition of my cuticles.
They're easier to push back and don't ever look dry or unmanaged.

A must try!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Real Techniques Brushes | Core Collection

Great makeup brushes are not hard to come by, but affordable top quality makeup brushes are.  
The Real Techniques brushes are designed by one part of Pixiwoo, Samantha Chapman.   
They're synthetic which makes the dry time quick, cruelty free as well.
Their aluminum handles make them lightweight and easy to use.  
I have washed these brushes many times and still have yet to shed!  

Each collection comes in a different color and can add personality to any dressing table.
The bristles are soft to the touch and will make putting on your makeup a dream.
I paid $17.99 for the collection at ULTA Beauty.
You can't beat the price!
These brushes can be purchased in the U.S. at:, ULTA Beauty or Walmart.

Below are reviews of each brush.

The Buffing Brush
This brush is a dream for buffing in foundation.  
It's said to be used for mineral and powder foundations but I personally use it for liquid foundation.
It leaves a flawless / airbrushed base.

The Contour Brush
This brush fits beautifully into the hollows of the cheeks for the perfect sculpted face.
Contouring has never been this easy!
This brush is the perfect size for highlighting as well.

The Pointed Foundation Brush
This is my least favorite brush of the entire collection only because I believe it's marketed wrong.
I find the brush a little small to apply foundation to the face.
I use this brush to apply concealer under my eyes and it works great.
This pointed brush makes for a quicker application and gets into the hard to reach places.
It's a time saver!

The Detailer Brush
This tiny little brush is perfect for pinpoint concealing.
Ever had a stubborn spot that you wish you could erase?
You'll love this brush for that.
It can also be used as a lip brush!
It's great for outlining your lips and helps set a stain for long lasting lip color. 

The Real Techniques brushes have been a hype in the blogging world.  I've been using mine for a couple of months and now understand the raving reviews.  I can't wait to run out and get more!


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

MAC Hue | Lipstick Review

I love lipstick!  My obsession started years ago when I ventured into a MAC store with my sister looking for the perfect nude shade.  
My criteria: easy to apply, moisturizing and doesn't give that 'dead' look.  
There's nothing worse than looking completely washed out by lack of color on the lips.  
Attention:  That is not a cute look!

Hue quickly became my favorite nude MAC lipstick.  It retails for $15 online and at my local counter.
This lipstick is a glaze formula.  It has minimal color payoff and adds a moisturizing glaze to the lips.
MAC describes this shade as a soft pale pink.  That sounds so boring!  
It's so much more than that.  It nourishes my dry lips beautifully whilst muting out the natural red undertones.  

The staying power varies depending on how much talking I'm doing.  It lasts an estimated 2-3 hours.  
You will need to reapply after meals.
I don't worry about needing a mirror when applying as I'm out and about.  
It's simple when you're on the go and can't be bothered.

This has been my most worn lipstick of all time.  That's saying a lot considering how many lipsticks I own.
Hue isn't too pale, adds the right amount of color and is wearable for a variety of different looks.
It's versatility won me over.

Would you give Hue a try?

I would love other nude lipstick recommendations from you all.  
Please feel free to leave them in the comments below :)