Review: NEW MAC Prep and Prime Essential Oil and Lip Scrubtious

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”

They  come in two scents and retail for $27.00 

MAC Prep and Prime

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!

MAC Prep and Prime - MAC Lip Scrub

MAC Lip Scrub Review

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”

They  come in 5 flavors and retail for $16.00 

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 Prep and Prime

 

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A BEAUTY APP EVERY BEAUTYLOVER MUST HAVE

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!

Lovelyloot App - Beauty App

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?

Lovelyloot App - Beauty App

Lovely Loot App - Beauty App

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.

 

Skincare Routine Update: Kielh’s & Burt’s Bees

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:

Skincare Routine - Kiehl's Avocado Eye Cream

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!

Shop the eye treatment here

Skincare Routine - Kiehl's Avocado Eye Cream

Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Night Cream:

Skincare Routine - Burt's Bees Night Cream

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

 Shop the night cream here

Skincare Update - Burt's Bees Renewal Firming Night Cream

What are your go to night moisturizers and eye creams? I would love to see whats working for everyone in the comments below!

 

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NEW: MAC SPELLBINDER COLLECTION

“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.

MAC SPELLBINDER - MAC SMOLDER - APHRODISIATIC

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!!!

MAC SPELLBINDER COLLECTION
John Daniel Naughton applying MAC Spellbinder in High Power

Availability:

Online now and will be available in-stores October 20th – December 1st.

Price:

$22.00  USD

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
MAC SPELLBINDER COLLECTION - HIGH POWER - DYNAMICALLY CHARGEDMAC SPELLBINDER COLLECTION - HIGHPOWER - DYNAMICALLY CHARGED
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!

MAC SPELLBINDER COLLECTION - Studio Fix Fluid - MAC Wedge

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.
MAC STUDIO FIX PERFECTING POWDER - MAC SPELLBINDER COLLECTION
STUDIO FIX PERFECTION POWDER - MAC SPELLBINDER COLLECTION
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
STUDIO FIX FLUID - STUDIO FIX PERFECTING STICK - MAC PREP AND PRIME
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!
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