Tis the season! Holiday 2019 Collections are starting to roll into BPAMC headquarters and I could not be more excited! I have to be honest, some Holiday collections do not excite me but this one by Drunk Elephant?!!?? WOW It is such an amazing value and offers one of my Holy Grail Drunk Elephant products at FULL SIZE! Certain brands just get it right when it comes to holiday collections and that is when it gets exciting! What I look for in Holiday releases are value, pretty packaging, some glitter but has to be classy and interesting! Lets get into what comes in this Drunk Elephant Kit.
SHELF RESPECT DRUNK ELEPHANT DAY KIT:
So what exactly comes in this kit and how much are you looking to spend? Let me start by saying the C Firma Vitamin C serum comes in full size and alone that product retails for $80. The kit retails for $88 with a value of $124!
This Set Contains: – 1 oz/ 30 mL C-Firma™ Day Serum – 0.27 oz/ 8 mL D-Bronzi™ Anti-Pollution Sunshine Drops – 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Protini™ Polypeptide Cream – 0.27 oz/ 8 mL B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum – 0.5 oz/ 15 mL Umbra Sheer™ Physical Daily Defense SPF 30
When it comes to Drunk Elephant I know they are expensive but the products have made a difference in my skin and they are clean beauty products. When something works I do not mind the investment. I do get DE in PR which means the brand sends me products with the hope that I will photograph it, review it and/or promote on my social channels. I believe in Drunk Elephant and their products. I have also purchased the products on my own.
The C-Firm Vitamin C Day Serum has made a huge impact on my skin. I notice less dullness and more firmness! That is a WIN in my book! If you love C firma and want to try more products it offers you truly can not go wrong buying this kit. I also love the minis for travel so for $8 bucks more you get 4 more products to have! Also can we discuss this packaging? The play on a skincare shelfie is genius and I am obsessed!
Lets talk the other products this set offers as I have tried them all.
SHELF RESPECT DRUNK ELEPHANT DAY KIT Continued:
B Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum does exactly what it says it does. It hydrates the skin. I really enjoy this product as I have dry skin but I do not find it necessary to buy a full size. What I have done with my mini’s is use it when I get a bit more dry from the Drunk Elephant Retinol Cream and it works wonders on my skin. PS there will be a night kit as well and the A- Passoni is in that one!
What do you think of this kit? Are you excited for Holiday Collections? Do you prefer makeup collections or skincare? Right now it appears this one may be for Rouge Members only on Sephora but once I have more information and it goes live I will update this post!
DISCLAIMER:Drunk Elephant sent the kit to BPAMC for editorial purposes. Thoughts and opinions are my own. Links associated to BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You so much for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio.
Is anyone else obsessed with concealer like me? Even when you find one you love it seems you still want to keep buying and trying more? If you are like me you want to also buy every MAC concealer they have lol As I was organizing my beauty products I realized I own all the MAC Concealers except for one (except for palette and corrector) They had a sale and well here I am. A BPAMC MAC Concealer guide so you can find your perfect match or two or three! With so many different finishes and coverage abilities it can be overwhelming. I get tons of questions on my Instagram what my favorite concealer is (Hint one of MACs is in my top 2 of all time lol) However have a handful that I use all the time for different things.
I understand my role as a beauty blogger I have a concealer stash that most women may not have. So I wanted to break it down so you know what MAC Concealer may work best for you. I also encourage you to head to your local MAC and play! The artists are always so wonderful and helpful! Go with no makeup on and start trying the different concealers to see what may fit your daily needs. You will want to think about these questions…
What do you want concealer for?
Is it just under your eyes? For your face to spot conceal (break outs, redness, sun spots ect)
Do you like a matte finish?
Do you want a more natural finish?
Do you want a natural coverage?
A full coverage Concealer?
Are your under eyes more dry or more mature?
Needless to say there are a ton of things to think about when buying concealer. The same goes for foundation! There is no right or wrong!! It is strictly a preference as to what you want. Makeup is personal.
MAC Concealer Guide: (click on concealer name to shop)
Studio Fix 24 Hour Smooth Wear: “This lightweight fluid concealer provides seamless coverage, blurs imperfections and offers all- day comfortable wear” MACCosmetics.com
I am going to start with my #1 choice. Not only is this my number 1 within the 7 MAC Concealers I am going to talk about today, it is in my top two concealers from my entire collection. I use this one and NARS Radiant Creamy the most. I love Studio Fix because its a natural matte finish so its perfect for everyday! Its not too matte that my undereyes look dry! Yet matte enough o coverage imperfections on my face. It’s not too thin and its not too thick. So the coverage is very natural. However I absolutely have worn it for events or days I go for more coverage because it is buildable. Also this concealer comes in 33 shades!!! Some MAC Concealers do not offer this shade range so I will always circle back to this one for others to try if they can not find their shade in other options. Especially if you do not like a super matte finish and looking for everyday wear.
I find that NW 25 is my perfect shade because it blends seamlessly into my skin tone. I use to wear NC 20 but now I find that is too light for my under eyes and if I want to spot conceal its too light for my face too! I have my full review and swatches of the entire line 33 shades HERE. When they announced this launch I could not wait and it exceeded my expectations.
Full Buildable Coverage (I would say this is more medium coverage but it can be built up)
Natural Matte Finish
Mineralize Concealer: “Enriched with minerals and nourishing botanicals, this creamy, easy-to-blend concealer covers and perfects while nourishing and moisturizing the skin” MACCosmetics.com
After my son was born my under eyes took a hit lol My whole body did lets be honest! My skin was so dry and my under eyes were a mess. I was at Nordstrom with my sister in law and went to MAC. I was explaining to the artist my skin changes and how Pro Longwear Concealer was too dry for me. She suggested I try Mineralize Concealer. I played with the formula at the store and I loved it! If you are dry and don’t need a ton of coverage and you want something simple for everyday this is the one for you! One downside is the number of shades.
Select MoistureCover: “A luxuriously hydrating and creamy liquid concealer that delivers a natural finish” MACCosmetics.com
After I used the Mineralize Concealer I wanted to try Select Moisturecover for the same hydration but with a bit more coverage. That is exactly what this does! Offers medium coverage with hydration. This also is good for redness or blemishs because the coverage can be built up without caking.
7 Shades (another downside again if you do not find your shade here next best thing is Water Weight or Studio Fix
Instant and long term hydration
Studio Water Weight: “An ultra-fluid formula with medium-full buildable coverage and a natural finish. While it hydrates and gently diffuses the appearance of imperfections – eye circles, dark spots and discolouration” – MACCosmetics.com
This stuff is magic! It is witch craft lol I have a full review here. This is so thin it is legit like water yet it has crazy coverage. I do not know how they did this! The application can be tricky bc its a dropper which is different for a concealer. I do not wear this as much because I was sent three shades and I have to mix ect. But I will be purchasing this in NW 25 at the next MAC sale! This offers 16 shades and hydration as well so this is a great one to try if the others don’t have your MAC shade and you are looking for more natural finish.
Reduces appearance of undereye circles, dark spots and discolouration
MAC Concealer Guide:
Studio Fix Perfecting Stick: “A chubby twist-up concealer pencil that hides dark circles, blemishes and other skin imperfections thanks to its precise rounded tip and propel/repel abilities” – MACCosmetics.com
Years back when I was just starting with makeup a MAC artist suggested I try these concealer sticks they had. To use on my redness, a little under my eyes ect. I did not need anything full coverage ect because I was a lot younger. I loved them and still have my stubs lol I do not use them but have them because they were discontinued and I was not throwing them out HA!! Now they are in my Makeup Museum. HAHA!!!
Here is where the Perfecting Stick comes in! Its a newer version of what I was using years back and immediately purchased it! Its perfect for touch ups, fast makeup days and its easy since its a stick! I work full time and have two kids. Some days in the morning I just draw on where I need coverage use my fingers to blend it in add some mascara and call it a day! However this is a great concealer to have in your makeup bag for easy touch ups.
Natural Matte Finish
Studio Finish SPF 35: “An emollient-based lightweight and creamy concealer that provides discreetly opaque coverage” – MACCosmetics.com
My newest MAC Concealer purchase. This top selling concealer is a highly concentrated coverage concealer. I have friends that use this under their eyes and love it! It serves as a full coverage under eye concealer with a natural finish. However its perfect for the face as well because the coverage is full. It also controls oils so if you need to use it on your face and you are oily this is a great option! I found this as a fabulous concealer for my redness on my face (around my nose, I get some on my cheeks and have some sun spots too I cover) I tried this under my eyes and it works well for me too! My eyes are no longer as dry as they once use to be. I also prep them well with eye cream ect to have the concealer go on seamlessly.
A little goes a long way
Pro Longwear: “A lightweight, fluid concealer that provides full coverage with a comfortable matte finish ” – MACCosmetics.com
Last but certainly not least! The ICONIC Pro Longwear MAC Concealer. This is an oldie but oh such a goodie and a top seller for a reason. This is full full full coverage lol! I use to love this but again after my son I could not use it anymore. I can now but just love studio fix so much I don’t reach for this like I use to. However I can start with a thin layer of this to really conceal and then layer a more hydrating concealer on top. This is very easy to work with because its not a thick full coverage concealer. I know everyone loves Tarte Shape Tape but it was so thick and was not flattering under my eyes. I also prefer for makeup to look natural on my skin and pro longwear does that even with it being full coverage. Most MAC products just work for me tbh!
Reduces appearance of undereye circles, dark spots and discolouration
That conclude the BPAMC MAC Concealer guide! I hope you all find this helpful if you are looking to buy a MAC Concealer. Again Studio Fix has the most shades and offers so much that I do think a lot of people will find it to be fabulous! Especially if you are looking for that perfect everyday concealer!
I would love to hear the MAC Concealers you love as well as your top concealers from other brands! Always on the hunt to try more! lol
DISCLAIMER: Some MAC products were sent for editorial purposes. All opinions and thoughts are my own. Links associated with BPAMC are affliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio
I was so excited when I received these products because I have been living for face oils. I have been eyeing the MAC Prep and Prime Essential Oils and Lip Scrubs ever since I heard MAC was coming out with them. The Chicago winters can be brutal on my skin and this year I have been more dry than ever. I’ve said it before and I will say it again having kids changes your skin, period. Its insane!!!! Okay moving on lol Lets talk these oils first!
Per the site, MAC Prep and Prime Essential Oil is “a unique oil that leaves skin feeling energized and moisturized with a healthy glow … Infused with natural properties derived from plants, making it nourishing and gentle for the skin. Leaves skin feeling energized and moisturized with a healthy glow. This unique oil can be used alone, under makeup or mixed with a treatment or makeup to improve comfort, emollience or wear of product”
I was nervous to open these because I was hoping the scent was not going to be over powering because who wants that? Right?? Am I the only one? Well I am happy to report the smell is perfect! The fragrance is not strong at all, so perfect for us sensitive skin people. I am not going to lie I have tried these in so many ways as MAC suggested and I love them, love them love them! My favorite way to use this oil right now is to put a few drops in my moisturizer for the day. It leaves me with an extra glow on top of extra hydration which I need right now! I have used it alone at night on those extra dry skin days, I have used this on my lips and have used before makeup application. This oil is now a winter staple for me and I have considered purchasing the Prep and Prime Oil Stick as well. I know the price may seem like a lot for such a small bottle but when a product is versatile I consider that a beauty investment and that is a win in my book.
When I tried this oil on my lips it was after I used the Lip Scrub and I just felt like I gave my lips a facial. I loved it! Just like the oils I absolutely loved these scrubs and I will tell you why. The biggest stand out about the Lip Scrumptious line is they leave your lips hydrated and silky feeling. If you are new to lip scrubs and/or have never tried, some scrubs tend to leave your lips with that dry and chapped feeling. Does that make sense? Who else experiences this? But these 100% do not!
Per the MAC site: “A sugar-based exfoliator that gently buffs away dry and flaky skin … with a formula enhanced by hydrating conditioners leaving lips soft and oh so smoochable”
So not only are these super hydrating but you only need a pea size if that to get the job done. So yes this is a $16 lip scrub but it will last you forever. I use to exfoliate my lips with whatever scrub I had in my shower along with other lip scrub products I have tried but this one just stands out to me. I do have a Chap Stick scrub to try so I will keep you posted as I am also working on my DUPE III list (See Previous Dupe Lists Here & Here)
Since we are talking about MAC Prep & Prime I have to make a couple honorable mentions to two other products.
Both of these products are very hyped up buy for a good reason. Fix + is a staple spray for me and I use it before makeup, after makeup, I’ve sprayed my beauty sponge with it and sprayed to my eye shadow brushes for a more intense look. Its a product I 100% can not live without (it also comes in a sized to go, so perfect for trying out the product!) The Prep and Prime Lip does wonders for when I am going to rock a red lip. It claims to approves the appearance of lip products and prevents feathering and it really does.
I hope you enjoyed this review! Let me know if you have tried any of these and what you are liking or disliking about them.
*MAC generously sent me these products and as always my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own and honest. Some links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank you for your constant love and support to BPAMC
Have you heard of Lovelyloot App? Lovelyloot is a Beauty app where you can “save all your beauty products in one place! Keep track of the items you love, remember the ones you want to try and never forget a product again!” It’s pretty much an app that every beauty lover needs and the best part it’s FREE! I know you may be thinking “I already use Pinterest so why would I need this app?” I thought that at first as well. However Lovelyloot is the best approach for product organization.
I have been using the app for some time now and I am in love. Not only as a beauty lover but as a beauty blogger this app has kept me so organized with products I want to try, review for my blog and buy of course!!! Whether you have a wish list of luxury items to buy, a list skincare products that didn’t work for you or a list of lipsticks to buy the Lovelyloot app has you covered! Let’s take a look at three lists I have created to give you a better idea of how this app will work for you!
Here is my link to my luxury wish list. Yes you can share your links! How fun is that?!!!?? Hello birthday lists made easy!!! I have so many luxury items I want to try and seeing them all in one space will help me budget my money as to what I truly want to buy first for myself. You can search for items you want directly on the app and add them or on your next trip to Sephora you can just take pictures of your must have luxury items and add them to your list! I have also taken screen shots of pictures on Instagram and then add the image to the app and in the notes wrote down info such as brand and shade name. Super easy and organized!
I absolutely wish I had this app a few months ago because I was at MAC swatching blushes to get ideas for my Custom Palette. When I started to purchase blushes a couple weeks ago I could not remember one that I swatched that I fell in love with. If I had the Lovelyloot App I could have just snapped a picture of the name and put it in my luxury wishlist! How many times has this happened to you?
As a blogger I love finding $10 or less items for my blog and Instagram. Lovelyloot makes it simple for me to create a list of items I want to buy and try that are $10 or less or even take pictures of products from my own collection so I dont forget to showcase them on Tuesdays!! If I see fab finds scrolling through Instagram or if I am at the drugstore I can either search on the app and add it or snap a picture of it at the store and it’s all set and organized for me in one place! See my current $10 or less wish list items here. Another great way I am using this as a blogger is for my Dupe List Series on my blog. I have created a list of items in my collection I want to dupe for future blog posts here. Just like $10 or less beauty products I have a drugstore list as well. Drugstore products are some of my favorite so having a list of items I want to try and being able to take pictures of products I haven’t heard of (for blogger references) is perfect!
I have found this app to be extremely helpful for my blogging but it translates so well for the everyday beauty lover. My sister in law is loving it as well as my friends for all thier beauty product needs and organization. What do you think? Do you think you will be downloading this app? You can download the app here for free. I would love to hear your thoughts!
**This post is sponsored by Lovelyloot, as always my thoughts are honest and my own.
Its been awhile since I have posted a Skincare Routine update but if you have read my other posts here and here you know this has and is a long process for me. With my day routine pretty set, I was in search for a nighttime moisturizer and eye cream. My coworker told me about Kiehls avocado cream and said it was a must to try for hydration. My under eyes always seem so dry and it was showing up when I had my makeup on as well. I didn’t really have a solid night cream because my skin was giving me so much trouble I was using my Origins Plantscription for day and night since it was working and not causing any reactions. However with a $60 pricetag I knew I didn’t want to be doing this for both day and night as the product would run out wayyyy faster LOL!
I started to do some research on drugstore brands with cleaner ingredients aka no parabens. I am not 100% paraben free but my face seems to get very bothered by them. I started looking up Burt’s Bees and saw they had a firming night cream and the ingredients and claims were intriguing. With a $19.99 price tag and $3.50 off ulta coupon I could not resist!
So lets get into the review on these new favs of mine!!!
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is a moisturizing eye treatment that is packed with anti oxidants, shea butter and has avocado oil in it. Per the Kiehls website it states:
Gently moisturizes the delicate eye area
Does not migrate into eyes
Ophthamologist- and Dermatologist-tested
Highly effective natural ingredients provide daily hydration for sensitive eye area
Now I use this only at night as a treatment for hydration and will switch off some nights with a more anti-aging eye cream (been obsessing over the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery) but for me hydration is key in keeping my eyes looking younger. Its extremely creamy but tacky if that makes sense so I prefer to put it on my finger and warm it up with other finger and pat it to my under eye area instead of smearing it under my eye. Does that makes sense? LOL This works wonders!!!! In the morning I look more refreshed and I have noticed it helps with my dark circles too (I have been getting a bit more sleep sooooo that could be it too HA!)
The eye treatment comes in two sizes 0.5 fl oz for $29.00 and 0.95fl oz for $48.00. The price tag is high I know but you only need a pea size! I bought the smaller size and have hardly made a dent in it. If you are looking for hydration this is for you!
Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Night Cream is a thick but non greasy night moisturizer that has Hibiscus and Apple Rejuvenating Complex in it for more plump and firmer looking skin in the morning. Per Ultas website it states:
Face cream infused with wrinkle smoothing white hibiscus
Contains Intensively Hydrating apple, the Hibiscus and Apple Complex locks moisture inside the skin to plump up cells
Immediately after use, skin appears smoother and hydrated
Again this is thick but its not heavy or greasy feeling. It gives you a ton of hydration which I personally need especially in the winter months here in Chicago. Just like the eye cream you do not need a lot for this to work. Maybe just a little bit more than a size of a quarter is all you need. I maybe bought this 3 months ago and I just am running out now. The smell is very nice due to the apple and hibiscus but its not powerful and the jar is glass which I love. It gives it a more luxurious feeling even though it only cost $19.00. I love the way this makes my skin look and feel and best part it did not cause any redness or breakouts. I will be trying the day cream from this line since I love this so much. You know I am always looking for beauty bargains lol! So stay tuned! The renewal line comes with a slew of other goodies like eye cream, face wash ect so I would most certainly recommend this line if you are looking for a good yet affordable anti aging regimen
“This is one attraction that’s impossible to resist. M∙A∙C Spellbinder Shadow creates mesmerizing eyes with the deepest, most mysterious shades, clinging to lids like pure velvet. Black, ionized pigments are magnetically charged, fusing the loose powder together so it magically maintains its form and dimension. Hexing hues pull you in, casting their spell in blackened emerald, cobalt and teal, as the metallic finish captivates all that crosses its path”
I had the pleasure of viewing and testing out the MAC Spellbinder Collection last week before there online release today and let me just say ……….. GORGEOUS! I am in love and yes you read the above correct. This is a loose eye shadow but it is magnetically charged from the packaging to keep its form!!! How fabulous is that?!!?
John from the MAC PRO Michigan Avenue location started out by showing me their pigment by swatching them on his hand. His trick for even more intense pigment? Use an Eye Kohl in black first and then place the eyeshadow over it. Pictured below you will see how the pigment intensifies. MAC’s Eye Kohl in smolder is a Holy Grail product of mine FYI. Its a must have product for your collection.
The color John used on me was High Power which is what I would have picked for myself. He started off with priming my lids with Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly and then as an all over color used wedge before applying High Power. I think this is perfect for an everyday look but can be created to be bolder for more intense color payoff. A product that can do more than just one thing is always a win in my book. The rest of the colors in the collection are equally stunning!!!
Online now and will be available in-stores October 20th – December 1st.
There are 8 shades in the collection:
BLUE KARMA – Soft Grey Teal
MYSTERIOUS INFLUENCE – Rich Olive Golden Green
DYNAMICALLY CHARGED – Taupy Cool Bronze
HIGHER POWER – RICH DEEP BROWN
GRAVITY’S PULL – Dark Purple
COSMIC CLASH – Deep Green
APHRODISIATIC – Rich Colbot Blue (shown above on the hand swatch)
RETROGRADE – Grayed Black
As you can see from the picture above we started to play with other products and I would not have had it any other way! If you are new to my blog let me just say MAC has been my first love since I was 16 so this was an extra bonus for me!!! John was extremely helpful because my skin has changed tremendously since having kids. I use to be a NC 25 however he felt it was best for me to try C3.5. There are new numbers for some face products offered that incorporate both cool and warm tones which now I understand I have. The Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 went on smooth and the color match was perfect. Even though I wanted to buy the foundation right then and there I asked for a sample to be made for me to make sure I don’t break out. This is an amazing service offered that many people don’t realize you can ask for. You can try out the formula and a couple different color options before fully committing!
The next two products I tried were the New Studio Fix Perfecting Stick and the New Studio Fix Perfecting Powder. I was very excited to try these because Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation is my all time favorite everyday foundation. Its a powder for easy and fast application but settles in like a liquid and the Studio Stick reminded me of a discontinued MAC product I owned from 10 years ago. I adore makeup that makes everyday application easy for me. Not only because I am a mom but because sometimes I do my makeup on the train on my way to work.
The New Studio Fix Perfecting Stick is “A chubby twist-up concealer pencil with a precise rounded tip” With just a few swipes you get medium buildable coverage but it can also be used to hide those imperfections, that unwanted blemish and really the list can go on and on. The Studio Fix Perfecting Powder is a “A one-step powder and foundation that provides a matte texture with medium coverage” John used this to set my concealer and wow. My eyes looks so bright. I truly wanted to buy the powder on spot but I have been using the Mineralize Skin Finish and felt it was responsible of me to at least hit pan on that first lol but I grabbed the Concealer without any hesitation. This powder is loose but its created with packaging that allows for no mess! You just dip your brush in the powder on top and there you go! Mess free loose powder.
Here is what I left the store with and happy so far with all three products. Thank you again to John and the whole MAC Team for being such fabulous hosts! Are you in the Chicago are? If you are make sure to go for your next MAC Purchase at the MAC PRO Michigan Avenue location located at The Shops at North Bridge, 540 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 595-0952
Do you think you will try Spellbinder Eye Shadows? Which colors are grabbing your attention? Also do you use anything from the Studio Fix line and if so what are you loving? I would love to hear in the comments below!