MAC: NEW Studio QuikTrik Stick

“Transformation is only a swipe away with the new M∙A∙C Studio QuikTrik Stick. Offering endless options for highlighting, contouring, bronzing or just adding the perfect pop of colour, these double-ended multi-use chubby sticks debut in smart shades to enhance your look anywhere, any way you choose – and so portable too! Who doesn’t love a little face time? Any way you swipe is just right!”
AVAILABILITY
Online: October 13th
In-store: October 20th – December 15th 2016
PRICE:
$32.00 US/$37.00 CAD
PRODUCT COLORS AVAILABLE: 
SOFTLY DOES IT / TIGHT AND TAWNY: very light pink shimmer / light taupe
BARE END / EARTHNUT: light golden champagne shimmer / muted medium beige
A LATTE SHEEN / SEMI-SWEET: light copper with gold and silver shimmer / muted golden bronze
GINGER SPIKED / COUNTERPOINT: soft pink with fine-spun gold shimmer / mid-tone bluish pink
MISS CUPCAKE / TOMATO: soft pinky peach with fine-spun golden shimmer / vivid bright coral

ALL AFLUSH / HERE YOU GO: rose with copper sparkle / deep reddish burgundy

 

Eye Shadow that jiggles? Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss

“A new trick in your beauty arsenal, Butter London’s Glazen Eye Gloss is a breakthrough eye shadow that delivers a wet look shine, without being wet. This playful, pudding-like texture applies like a gel, but dries like a powder and lasts all day”

Product Information

  • Price: $24.00 and Available at Ulta
  • 4 Shades Available: Bronzed (rich sparkling deep bronze) pictured / Frosted (warm sparkling rose gold) /Oil Slick (sparkling chameleon) / Spark (warm sparkling champagne) pictured 

Review:

I am not going to lie these were very strange to me when I first opened them. I thought “an eye shadow that jiggles? Whatttt?” But the moment I swatched them I gasped! I absolutely love metallic shades for the eyes. I prefer just one swipe of a pretty shimmer that is going to give me a glamorous look without the hassle of spending a ton of time on my eyes.

When you dip your finger in (I just felt more comfortable using my fingers) its a strange consistency but its fun! I just started to pat on my eye and watched this Glazen Eye Gloss work its magic. It applies like a gel and dries like a powder so it takes a bit to get use to. I have tried this without a eye shadow primer since it states its crease resistant but like all eye shadows it creased on me and works best in my opinion with an eye shadow primer. They were a bit hard to blend with my finger but again it takes a bit to get use to working with this texture.

Would I recommend these? Absolutely! If you are into shimmer and or metallic eye looks you need at lease one.

Butter London Glazen Eye Gloss
Colors Top to Bottom: Spark and Bronze

 

 

*These were generously sent to me by Butter London. Opinions are honest and my own. 

Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick: Swatches and Product Info

Top selling European cosmetics brand Catrice is now available in the United States and sold exclusively at Ulta Beauty. The most fabulous part? Every product is $10 or less!! Catrice offers everything to meet your beauty needs on a budget from nails, face products, eyes and lips! One product I want to share with you today is the Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick.

The Ultimate Colour Lipstick:

  • 12 shades available
  • Highly pigmented
  • Very creamy
  • Long Lasting
  • Paraben Free
  • $6.99 (USD)

Swatches of 5 shades from the Collection:

Reds:

Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick

Top to Bottom: 310 Red My Lips – 430 Hot n’ Spicy – 450 Legend Berry

Catrice Ultimate Colour Lipstick

Nudes:

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Top to Bottom: 240 Hey Nude – 380 Nude- Tastic

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Spot any you are loving? Leave in the comments below

 

** These were generously sent to me by Catrice Cosmetics. As always reviews are my own and 100% honest. 

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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