SNEAK PEEK: MAC X Selena Quintanilla Collection

“The vivacity of Mexican-American singer, Selena Quintanilla, lives on through the passion of her fans and her impact on Latin culture and beauty. Inspired by the devotion of all those still touched by the iconic Latin legend, M∙A∙C Selena is a makeup collaboration tenderly curated with Selena’s sister. Selena not only taught us to move, she moved us – let’s keep that rhythm alive!”

Availability:

  • MACSelect Obsessed & Devoted Members exclusive pre-shop September 28th
  • Online October 1st 2016
  • In – Store October 6th – November 17th 2016

Product Details and Swatches:

Lipstick: $18.00 USD / $22.00 CAN

Mac Selena Collection

Swatches Top to Bottom:

  • Como La Flor – muted cherry red (amplified)
  • Amor Prohibido – pinky mid-tone brown (glaze)
  • Dreaming of You – deep wine (matte)

Mac Selena Collection

Eye Shadow: $18.00 USD / $20.50 CAN

Mac Selena Collection

Swatches Top to Bottom:

  • Is It The Beat – deep black (matte)
  • No Me Queda Mas – warm dusty brown (matte)
  • Selena – intense pearly violet (veluxe pearl)
  • Missing My Baby – light pinky nude beige (matte)
  • Fotos Y Recuerdos – bright warm pink (satin)

Mac Selena Collection

Blush $29.00 USD / $34.00 CAN – Brush $35.00 USD / $45.00 CAN

Mac Selena Collection

Swatches Top to Bottom of Techno Cumbia

  • Blunt – muted golden brown (matte)
  • Ven Conmigo –  beige pink (matte)

Mac Selena Collection

 

Opulash Mascara: $18.00 USD / $22.00 CAN

Color: Optimum Black – Intense Black

Mac Selena Collection

 

Liquid Eye Liner: $21.00 USD / $24.00 CAN

Color: Boot Black – Intense Black

Mac Selena Collection

 

 

 *These were sent to BPAMC for reviewing purposes by MAC Cosmetics. As always opinions are 100% honest and my own. 

REVIEW: MAC Liptensity Lipstick

“Liptensity Lipstick pushes the boundaries of colour. With the expertise of tetrachromat Maureen Seaberg — who has thegenetic ability to see up to 100 million hues imperceptible to the
average naked eye — M·A·C has created an unprecedented spectrum of 24 shades with extreme, undeniable colour intensity, using our groundbreaking High-Frequency Tetrachromatic Pigments technology”

When I swatched the Liptensity Lipsticks (see my swatches here) I could see the pigment was intense but after experiencing them for a week I am beyond impressed. They will be available online 9/20 and in-stores 9/21 through 11/17. You do not want to miss out on these limited edition lipsticks.

Review:

  • They last all day with minimal touch ups
  • Non drying with a satin finish and very comfortable to wear.
  • Gel formula allows for smooth application
  • The packaging makes it so simple to grab the color of your choice as the packaging matches the color!
  • Don’t be intimidated by the shape of the lipstick they go on easy and you do not need a lip liner
  • No smell or funny tastes which is a huge determining factor for me when choosing lipsticks

Colors I am loving:

  • Smoked Almond
  • Doe
  • Driftwood
  • Habanaro
  • Lobster
  • Burnt Violet

What colors are you thinking of adding to your collection?

MAC Liptensity

 

 *These were sent to BPAMC for reviewing purposes by MAC Cosmetics. As always opinions are 100% honest and my own. 

MAC LIPTENSITY: Swatches and Product Info

MAC Liptensity  are now in their permanent collection and I could not be happier! With 24 shades available in a satin finish there is a color for everyone! So what makes this lipstick special?

“Liptensity Lipstick pushes the boundaries of colour. With the expertise of tetrachromat Maureen Seaberg — who has thegenetic ability to see up to 100 million hues imperceptible to the
average naked eye — M·A·C has created an unprecedented spectrum of 24 shades with extreme, undeniable colour intensity, using our groundbreaking High-Frequency Tetrachromatic Pigments technology”

SWATCHES TOP TO BOTTOM:

**Click names of Liptensity to Shop – Read my review here

DOEDRIFTWOODMEDIUM RAREGUMBALLMAC Liptensity DOE - DRIFTWOOD - MEDIUM RARE - GUMBALL

MAC Liptensity DOE - DRIFTWOOD - MEDIUM RARE - GUMBALL

SMOKED ALMONDTOAST AND BUTTERCORDOVANDIONYSUSMAC Liptensity SMOKED ALMOND - TOAST AND BUTTER - CORDOVAN - DIONYSUSMAC Liptensity SMOKED ALMOND - TOAST AND BUTTER - CORDOVAN - DIONYSUS

GALAXY GREYHELLEBOREAMBROSIALMARSALAMAC Liptensity GALAXY GIRL - HELLEBORE - AMBROSIAL - MARSALAMAC Liptensity GALAXY GIRL - HELLEBORE - AMBROSIAL - MARSALA

FIREWORKSHABANEROLOBSTERPOSTMODERNMAC Liptensity FIREWORKS - HABANERO - LOBSTER - POSTMODERNMAC Liptensity FIREWORKS - HABANERO - LOBSTER - POSTMODERN

CLARETCASTEROS LIFE’S BLOODMULLING SPICEMAC Liptensity CLARETCAST - EROS - LIFE'S BLOOD - MULLING SPICEMAC Liptensity CLARETCAST - EROS - LIFE'S BLOOD - MULLING SPICE

MAC Liptensity DOUBLE FUDGE - BURNT VIOLET - BLUE BEAT - STALLION
 MAC Liptensity DOUBLE FUDGE - BURNT VIOLET - BLUE BEAT - STALLION
 Want More MAC Cosmetics Posts? See below:
* See the entire Shadescents line here 
* Swatches of the entire Strobe Cream line here
* Swatches of my favorite MAC Nudes here
*These were sent to BPAMC for reviewing purposes by MAC Cosmetics. As always opinions are 100% honest and my own. Some links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links 

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Slimlights

The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Slimlights are a wand shape with a built in sharpener for even more precise application. It comes in three different colors: Topaz, Pearl and Champagne Pop. If you are into highlighting or enjoy shimmer you will want to add these to your collection.

So what does it do? What is it for?

The Sephora website explains: BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector® Slimlight is perfect for precise highlighting. Each shade catches the light and highlights the features you love. Try applying the luxurious cream in the inner corners of the eyes to awaken the eye, down the bridge of the nose to straighten and define, the hollow of the chin, and on the Cupid’s bow to create the illusion of a plumper lip. Then wear it on top of each eyebrow to instantly lift the entire eye area and anywhere you want a swipe of light. It creates a touch of radiance and definition with a subtle and mattified, radiant finish. Formulated for all skintones and types, this easy-to-use, targeted highlighter comes in a twist up crayon applicator that is perfect for tiny areas you can’t easily reach with a big brush”

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Slimlights
Lid: Topaz – Brow Bone: Champagne Pop

The first thing I did was took the colors Topaz and Champagne Pop and used them as eye shadow. Let me just say…I loved the way they applied. The look I created was with Topaz on the lid and Champagne Pop on my brow bone. To make sure they had staying power I used an eyeshadow primer. They did not crease and the color lasted all night. Each Shimmering Skin Perfector offers high pigment that is creamy and blendable. Just like all Becca products the Shimmering Skin Perfector Slimlight is versatile. So even though these are targeted highlight wands you can use as an eyeshadow or even put a dab on your lips to add a pop of shimmer.

 

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Slimlights
Pearl
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Slimlights
Champagne Pop
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Slimlights
Topaz

 

 

 

 

 

With the wand shape it does make targeted highlighting extremely easy whether its the brow bone, down the bridge of your nose or the inner corner of the eye. With each slimlight having a built in sharpener a Pro Tip Becca mentioned on their Instagram was to use the color Pearl on your waterline for a widen and brighter eye! Another perk of this product is the size. It makes them travel friendly since they are compact. They retail for $28.00 USD and can be purchased on Sephora.com or in-store.

Below are swatches of each color on my arm and you can also see swatches on different skin tones here. If you are interested in seeing live swatches you can find me on Snapchat: BEAUTYPAMC

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Slimlights
Colors Top to Bottom: Topaz, Pearl, Champagne Pop

Have you tried these? How do you use them? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

 

*Please note these products were generously gifted to me by Becca Cosmetics. My opinions are my own and honest. 

Worth It? Allure Beauty Box

When I received my August  Allure Beauty Box  it got me thinking. Is it worth the $15 monthly price tag? I am here to give you the pros and cons and will also go into detail of what came inside the August Box.  This way you get a closer look into this monthly subscription.

The Pros:

  • The only Editor curated subscription box: I am a very loyal Allure Magazine reader so to have their editors pick out products makes me feel like I am apart of Allure.
  • 5-6 products each month. Usually are true deluxe size samples and they have included full size as well
  • The Mini Magazine that is included goes into great detail about each product in the box (What the product is, What is does, Ingredients, How it feels/looks, Why the editors like it, the price and where to buy it!)
  • Able to try out different products for a fraction of the cost
  • The packaging: It comes in a glossy red box that gives this subscription a luxurious feeling
  • New Beauty Blogger? This is a great way to start a blog on a budget while testing and reviewing some of the hottest products on the market!

The Cons:

  • $15 monthly price tag where other boxes that are a bit similar are $10
  • End up with a stash of sample size products that never get used: This is my biggest issue right now. Allure offers a good amount of skincare samples. As most of you know I am going through a revamp of my skin care routine so I can not just try something out in the middle of trying to figure out current triggers ect.
  • Sensitive Skin? Probably not the best option since there are so many skincare options each month.
  • Expensive Full Price Products: Although I love beauty products when I see a sample of La Mer Soft cream that retails on the low end for $85.00 for .5 oz I know I will not try this because if I fall in love I can not justify this price point. I am all for beauty investments when the quality and performance is there but I am a very practical person as well. Case in point: $10 OR LESS TUESDAY on my Instagram.
Product details for the August Allure Beauty Box:  All information provided below is from the Mini Mag that comes with the box for product reference.

Allure Beauty Box

Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50: Mattifying makeup-setting spray that will keep makeup in place, minimize shine and SPF. $28 Supergoop.com
Freeze 24-7 Anti Aging Eye Serum: Line Smoothing eye cream that makes skin look smoother and tighter for a few hours. $115  Freeze247.com
Pur – Lisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer: Lightweight hydrating lotion for normal, dry and sensitive skin. $55  Purlisse.com

Allure Beauty Box

 

Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid Base in Nude Radiance: Lightweight luminizing lotion that is champagne colored with a slight cooling effect on the skin. $48 Sephora.com

Allure Beauty Box

Cargo Swimmables Eye Pencil in Pebble Beach: A black brown color that glides over lids that is waterproof $18 Cargocosmetics.com

Allure Beauty Box

Wet Brush Midi Brush: Cushion Brush with long, flexible plastic brisles $8.99 Thewetbrush.com
Garnier New Whole Blends Honey Treasures Shampoo and Conditioner: $4.99 Garnier.com

Allure Beauty Box

I hope this helps you decide if you want to join in on this Subscription box. I will continue with this subscription for now as I look forward to it every month.  My biggest con is the skincare concerns so some products are being pushed aside for the moment. What subscription boxes do you have? I would love to hear about them in the comments.

Jaclyn Hill Ride or Die Makeup Tag

I was tagged for this challenge by Beauty Blogger Kate from Kate Loves Makeup and I fully accept. I of course watched Jaclyn Hills video because she is my ride or die you-tuber and I absolutely loved her picks! See her video here.

This was a lot harder than one would think. Pick one product from each makeup catagory (foundation, lips, mascara ect) and choose that product to bring with you on a dessert island. Although I am a beauty obsessed individual I still have yet to try multiple products for these categories. To be honest its because when something works for me I typically stop there. Typically being the key word here … hehe.  So lets get into the challenge

RIDE OR DIE MAKEUP PRODUCTS:

Primer: Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer I have been using this for 10 years. It just works. Period.

Foundation: MAC Cosmetics Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation This was easy and hard. Easy because this was my first high end foundation I ever bought and have never looked back. It is so easy to apply because its a powder but settles into the face like a liquid foundation with a matte finish. Hard because I am just recently trying to find the perfect liquid foundation and if I am on a desert island will I want more of a hydrated feeling???

Concealer:  NYX Gotcha Covered Creamy, dewy, perfect coverage and does not crease on me. Oh and its only $5.99

Corrector: BECCA Cosmetics Under Eye Brightening Corrector I am adding this category because this product is amazing and if you have darkness under your eyes you will fall in love!

Face Powder: MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural  I just bought this 3 months ago. Where has this been my whole life????

Under Eye Setting Powder: E.L.F High Definition Under Eye Setting Powder I will admit I am very new to this category and just purchased this a few days ago but I am loving it over the others I have been using.

Bronzer: IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Ombre Bronzer This bronzer is huge and provides you with the option for shimmer, matte or mixed if you want.

Highlight: BECCA Cosmetics Champagne Pop Bottom line no one does highlighters like BECCA and this color gives the perfect glow every single time.

Mascara: CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara:  Length and Volume all in one with no clumps

Lipstick: MAC Cosmetics Blankey and Mac Cosmetics Lady Danger I have two sorry, not sorry. I have two moods.

Lip Gloss: NARS Turkish Delight The perfect pink gloss

Lashes: Ardell Natural Lash to give that extra pop for a night out, event, ect They never fail!

Eye Shadow Palette: MAC Cosmetics Custom Palette I have been collecting MAC eye shadows for years. I love warm brown colors. Its what I gravitate towards. Some of my favorites are: Espresso – Bronze – Handwritten – Wedge

Setting Spray: MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime Fix + The Travel size is $10 if you are ever interested in trying this. Its a great place to start!

Perfume: Calvin Klein Euphoria: I bought this perfume when my husband and I started dating 12 years ago and wore it on our wedding day. It has so much meaning for me but I truly love the smell and I reach for it over and over again.

Blush: The HARDEST ONE HANDS DOWN. That is why I saved it for last. If you have been following me for a while you know I am a blush /cheek product obsessed person. I seriously can not decide. I have blushes I have hit pan on but would they go with everything? Do I want one with a slight shimmer? Should it be matte? Pink toned? More nude tone? I am going to break the rules and bring three. Again I am sorry, not sorry!

Benefit Cosmetics Box O’ Powder Blush in Rockateur 

Wet N Wild Color Icon Blush in Apri-Cot in the Middle 

Japonesque Color Velvet Touch Blush in Shade 2 

TAG YOU ARE IT!!! Hope to see you all do this challenge please tag me on Instagram, Facebook or Your Blog so I can see!

Battle of the Foundation Brush: Morphe vs Real Techniques

When Morphe had a sale on their Elite I collection a while back I felt it was time to join in on the Morphe bandwagon and make my first purchase. I have seen so many fellow bloggers rave about the quality and of course many well known Youtubers have always suggested Morphe brushes. I was still not sure what to expect but knew I wanted to find out for myself! After shopping the Elite I Collection Sale I knew I wanted to venture out.  I added the M439 Duluxe Buffer Foundation Brush to my cart even though I have been using the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush without complaints. I thought how different can a foundation brush be but just had to try it for myself.

Picture of Foundation Brush - Morphe Brushes  So do I have a preference now that I have used both? Yes!

The hype is 100% real surrounding the M439 Duluxe Buffer. This brush retails $13.99. This foundation brush allows for maximum coverage without using a ton of product. It gives you a flawless finish as it blends the product beautifully. The wider handle makes it easy to hold which is also a bonus.

As you can see the the Real Techniques brush is much smaller in size and retails for $8.99. For me it holds onto my foundation which makes me have to use 3-4 pumps as opposed to 2 pumps with the M439 Duluxe Buffer.  The Real Techniques brush does give a nice finish  however I now prefer the Morphe Brush for 2 reasons and believe its a great investment!

1. To preserve the amount of foundation I use

2. Overall I like the way my foundation looks with the Morphe Foundation Brush.

Does this mean I will never use this brush again? Not at all. I have found the Real Techniques brush due to its size is perfect for contouring, liquid bronzer and blushes. So I will be using this for steps in my makeup routine for smaller areas of my face.

Do you have a favorite foundation brush? Or do you have a preference? I would love to hear from you!

 

 

 

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Fiona Stiles Full Cover Perfect Finish Concealer and Corrector

When it comes to concealer we all want that perfect one but never seem to find it. Its either too thick, too dry, too thin, creases, or the wrong color match. I am not sure if I will ever find my perfect concealer but I do have some that are must haves and this one has made the list!

Fiona Stiles Full Cover Perfect Finish Concealer claims to do the following: “A buildable, full coverage concealer that flawlessly blends into the skin to hide the most stubborn imperfections with a natural finish.This lightweight, yet concentrated formula, seamlessly covers the darkest spots, blemishes and scars without caking, streaking or settling into fine lines or pores.”

So did it do what is claims to? Yes! Its full coverage and truly blends flawlessly into the skin. The packaging is a pot so I just dipped my finger in and used that to apply. It seemed weird at first because I am use to using my Real Techniques sponge or Beauty Blender but I was so impressed at how easy it applied with just my finger. On my first day testing it out I did not set it with powder and it did crease on me as most do but when I set it the next day it did not move at all!

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Shades from L -R: 04 – 03 – Peach Corrector

I was sent Shades 03 ,04 and the Peach Corrector to review. You can see shade 03 is much lighter and appears more cool toned while shade 04 appears more warm. I tend to have both tones in my skin but I am definitely on the warmer side and 04 was a perfect match. According to the website my foundation shade would be 04 as well so it makes it easy to find your matches which has drawn me in to want to try the foundation. For the corrector it is peach colored and is the same consistency as the concealer. I just used my finger again and dabbed a bit on my darker parts of my under eye and then blended the concealer on top and it did make a difference with the corrector. For those that are new to color correcting peach counteracts the blueness. Orange and Peach are the opposite of blue on the color wheel, therefore the colors balance each other out.

Would I recommend this concealer? Yes! I am very impressed as it is full coverage but blends easily,very light weight and gives you a natural finish. You know how sometimes in the day light your makeup looks very noticeable? Not this concealer, even with the corrector. I have been using it every day since I received them. I am truly loving the formula and coverage.  Would I recommend the Peach Corrector? Yes as long as it works with your skin tone.

What Fiona Stiles Beauty products have you tried? I would love to hear about them.

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1 Loreal Voluminous Primer and 5 Mascaras

When I first heard about Mascara primers I was really not interested but when a fellow Blogger @beauty.maven posted about the Loreal Primer on her Instagram I felt a sudden urge to try it. This primer is sold at most drugstores but I found Target sold it for the cheapest at $5.99.

Per the Target.com website it states: “The perfect pair for your favorite mascara to maximize every lash look. Lightweight primer instantly creates a boosting effect, building dramatic volume and length on each lash. Conditions lashes over time for soft nourished lashes. Use with your favorite mascara to amplify any lash look.  Instantly Thicker, Longer Lashes Mascara Amplifier Lash Conditioner”

Sounds amazing right?!!!? Well let me tell you…. it is!!!! So I decided to experiment and try it with 5 of my favorite mascaras.

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara: The primer made this mascara apply much smoother with less clumps and had less fall out. Mascara2Cover Girl Lash Blast: PS this is my HOLY GRAIL mascara. It goes on smooth with the primer however it really did not do anything to change the over all application or staying power. I was a bit surprised but I was also okay with this because I have no complaints to begin with.  Mascara3Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real: WOW this primer just took this mascara to the next level in the length department. If you have not tried this mascara you need to. Mascara1Too Faced Better Than Sex: I was the most excited about this because I love this mascara but I experience so much fall out I can not wear it. Until now! I experienced no fall out with it paired with the primer.Mascara4Benefit Bad Gal Lash: It goes on smooth with the primer however just like the Cover Girl Lash Blast it really did not do anything to the all around application or staying power. I have no complaints about this mascara either so this was not disappointing to me.mascara5Would I recommend this primer? YES!!! For $5.99 its worth a shot because even on the two mascaras where I did not notice a difference it still helped all 5 go on smoother. With the primer helping with clumps, fall out and making your lashes stand out even better you can’t go wrong. I am now on the hunt for more mascara primers to test out. Leave in the comments some I should try. Have you tried this primer? I would love to hear your experience with it!