MAC COSMETICS & MACY’S EVENT: Girls Night Out!

I wanted to give you all a run down of the MAC Cosmetics X Macy’s Meet and Greet in case you could not attend or join in on the live demo on Instagram! First and foremost I want to Thank all the amazing and very talented people over at MAC and Macy’s on State Street who gave me this honor. You all were incredibly welcoming and so fun to hang out with! For all my Chicago followers if you are in the area please make sure to check out this location for your MAC Cosmetics and beauty needs!

MAC Cosmetics
MAC Artist Michelle getting the DJ ready for the Event: Instagram Handles – @michelleadamsartistry @lovebug_chicago

MAC reviews

The guests and I had so much fun just talking about MAC products we love and why we love them, shared tips and talked and talked and talked all night, all things beauty! One guest loved my makeup that night and wanted to know how I get a natural looking makeup application. We grabbed some of my must have MAC Products along with suggestions from the MAC artists for her skin tone and started a live demo on my Instagram Stories where I discussed why I love these products, shared beauty tips and answered questions.

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MAC Lipstick

MAC reviews
Going Live on Instagram Stories

MAC Demo &Product Breakdown:

MAC Cosmetics MUA: Clarissa – Instagram Handle @letsbrushnmakeup

Follower and lovely Model: Natasha

MAC Studio Fix

Clarissa created a natural look that had a smokey eye that can be worn during the day with a nude lip but adding a pop of color on the lips gives the look a stamp of glam approval. Not only did Natasha love the way her makeup looked but she loved the way it felt! She doesn’t wear a ton all the time so I felt it was important for her to try some of my fav MAC MVP’s that are fool proof in my opinion. This is what many of the guests talked about, natural looking makeup that gives a “this is me but better than me look” Too many steps and products can be very intimidating and even though I am a “Beauty Blogger” I am an everyday woman who doesn’t have a ton of time to get ready and myself can be intimidated at times with too many steps (insert the perfect smokey eye… gets me everytime lol)

Before & After Shots:

MAC swatches
Before Makeup Application

 

 

MAC Lipstick
After Makeup Application

MAC eyeshadow

MAC Foundation
MAC MUA Clarissa: Instagram Handle @letsbrushnmakeup

Thank You so much to all my followers and guests that came to the event and joined in on Instagram Live. Your support and sweet comments in my DM’s means so much and I truly enjoy interacting with you daily on all things beauty! I am testing out some new MAC products and wanted to give you the run down. Please let me know if you have tried these and what you are loving right now from MAC.

MAC Give Me Sun

MAC lipstick

 

WANT MORE MAC POSTS: 

  1. Must have MAC Nudes Part 1
  2. Must have MAC Nudes Part 2
  3. Must have MAC Red Lipsticks
  4. Summer Approved Bright Reds
  5. MAC Liptensity Line
  6. MAC Vampy Lipstick 

DISCLAIMER: Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Products received were gifted by MAC Cosmetics, thoughts and opinions are my own.  As always Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio

 

 

 

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Girls Night Out: MAC COSMETICS & MACY’S

We all know how much I love MAC and how I can talk for hours about beauty! Come join me at the MAC Cosmetics counter inside Macy’s on State Street for a fun night out!

October 13th 5-7pm

  • 10% off your MAC COSMETICS purchase
  • live DJ
  • Sneek Peak of the MAC 2017 Holiday Collection

Macy’s: MAC Counter

111 N State Street

Chicago, IL 60602

I hope to see you all there for fun night out talking all things MAC & beauty!!!

Event hosted by MAC Cosmetics & Macy’s 

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High End Blushes Worth The Splurge

When it comes to beauty products blush is my ultimate weakness. Growing up I was heavily involved in dance and that is where my makeup obsession started to grow. My mom always told me if I wanted to be seen on stage I needed more blush. The rest is history lol When it comes to blushes I love nude  and peach tones the best but I love a good plum or mauve tone blush for the fall. Whether its high end blushes or drugstore they make me weak in the knees. Its a step in my beauty routine that is a must! Here are a few that are in constant rotation in my beauty routine.

HIGH END BLUSHES WORTH THE SPLURGE

( Click the Blush to Shop!)

MAC Mineralize Blush – Shade Warm Soul: This blush has a cult following and I will admit this is newer to my collection. I have been using the shade Dainty from this MAC collection for years (wore it on my wedding day) so I knew the formula was absolute perfection but not sure why I waited this long for Warm Soul. This shade gives the perfect touch of flush to your cheeks. There is a slight sheen to it so your skin looks fab too!

Benefit Cosmetics – Shade Rockateur Rose Gold Blush: My best friend was apple picking with her family and sent me a picture. I only noticed the gorgeous flush of pink shimmer on her cheeks, texted her back asking what she was wearing and went out and bought this the next day! I love this blush in the cooler months bc its a more mauvey pink on my skin tone and pairs perfectly with Benefits Hoola Bronzer. They are a match made in heaven! There is a glow to this blush you do not need to pair it with a highlighter but you know I do anyway LOL

 

MAC Warm Soul Blush

 

NARS Blush – Shade Orgasm: The name alone will make you blush hehehe….. This shade is known for being a universial shade for all skin tones and has won countless awards from Allures Best of Beauty. I myself was flipping through the magazine and saw it won and put it on my list to buy! A perfect pink flush of color on my skin and has specs of golden shimmer in it!

BECCA Mineral Blush – Shade Wild Honey: When it comes to powders there is nothing quite like Becca. Just like their highlighters the formula is so soft and blendable. This range has a total of 6 shades but this is another fab peachy nude tone!

Charlotte Tilbury Swish & Pop Blush – Shade First Love: I know I know another nude but I will be buying more shades because the formula of this blush is amazing. The concept of the two tones in the pan ” is a two-step application ritual featuring two creamy, color-rich shades filled with finely crushed pearls to give your skin a limitless glow”  This is my newest purchase of blush so I wanted to show you swatches.

Nude Blush

Must Have High End Blushes

Japonesque Velvet Touch Blush – Shade 02:  The entire collection is gorgeous see swatches HERE, however shade 02 is a perfect matte nude and will pair perfectly with any bronzers you own. I actually first heard about this brand when I was watching MANNY MUA and I just loved how his cheeks looked. He was wearing Shade 02 with Hoola so the next time I went to Ulta I grabbed this and have been using it since.

MAC Extra Dimension Blush – Shade Faux Sure: This is one of MAC’s newer products and this formula is aaaaaamazing! Its incredibly soft, blends like a dream and has a glow to it that makes your cheeks look fantastic! With 12 shades to choose from you are bound to find something for you. This is one not to miss out on. This shade was intimidating at first but its darker in the pan and with a tan for me in the summer it gave me such a sun kissed glow with my MAC Bronzer in Refined Golden. 

MARC JACOBS Beauty Air Blush – Shade Flesh & Fantasy: Last but certainly not least, this two toned blush  allows you to create a customizable color and gives you all day radiance. There are 5 shades in this range. Marc Jacobs has another blush that I am looking to try very soon!

 

I would love to know what some of your must have High End Blushes are? There are so many fabulous products and formulas out there and I am always wanting more LOL!!!! Let me know in the comments below. If you love this post please don’t forget to share on Pinterest & Facebook!

High End Blushes Worth The Splurge

 

DISCLAIMER: Some products were sent for editorial consideration. Thoughts and opinions are my own. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio 

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MAC X NICKI MINAJ: NUDE LIPSTICK COLLECTION

Nicki Minaj dominates fan’s hearts and hip-hop charts with her bravado and razor-sharp rhymes. Now, the queen conquers with her custom-designed nude lipsticks for M∙A∙C. Get cheeky and take charge with Nicki’s two suggestive shades in Nicki’s Nude and The Pinkprint. Need even more au naturel? Strip down to bare, brazen basics in a lineup of 24 additional Lipstick and Lipglass colours.

When it comes to nude lipstick there are so many tones and finishes for us to love. MAC always has us covered and with this collection there is no exception. With 20 nude lipsticks to choose from how can we not find 1, 2 or even 3 we love!  In this collection the are 2 new Nude Lipstick shades that Nicki Minaj created with MAC, 9 brand new shades and 9 that are either from the permanent collection or re-releases from previous collections.

***All lipsticks are limited edition except those that are from the permanent collection (I will label those below)

Product Information:

  •  $17.50 U.S. / $22.00 CAD

  • Select MAC Store and Online 

MAC X Nicki Minaj Collection

(Shop The Collection HERE)

Nude Lipstick

Swatches Top To Bottom:

  • The PinkPrint – Amplified: Mid-tone creamy pink
  • Nicki’s Nude – Amplified: Soft corally pink

MAC X Nicki Minaj

MAC Nude Lipstick

Swatches Top To Bottom:

(Shop the Collection HERE)

  • Bosom Friend – Creamsheen: Sheer pinky nude with fine pearl
  • Bare Bling – Amplified: Light peachy nude 
  • Stripped – Matte: Light, dirty peachy beige
  • Mmmmm – Amplified:  Dirty rose nude (OBSESSED WITH THIS ONE)
  • Baby’s All Right – Matte: Cool-toned neutral pink
  • A Girl’s Needs – Matte: Warm-toned yellow brown
  • Age/Sex/Location – Matte: Dirty mid-tone nude
  • Easy Babe – Matte:  Dirty latte brown
  • Derriere – Matte: Dirty mid-tone yellow brown 

Nude Lipstick

MAC Lipstick Swatches

Swatches Top To Bottom:

(Shop the Collection HERE)

  • Pretty Please – Lustre: PERMANENT Pale pink pearl (MY WEDDING DAY LIPSTICK – Special place in my heart!)
  • Gossamer Wing – Lustre: Dirty beige with gold pearl
  • 2N – Lustre: Creamy light pink
  • Japanese Maple – Cremesheen: PERMANENT Frosted light beige
  • Creme D Nude – Cremesheen: PERMANENT Pale muted peach beige
  • Playing Koi – Satin: Pale clean pink nude
  • Pattisserie – Lustre: PERMANENT Sheer creamy neutral pink
  • The Right Note – Cremesheen: Warm sandy nude
  • Among The Fireflies – Cremesheen: Soft mocha

Nude Lipstick

Let me know what you guys this of this collection! What have you picked up so far?!

WANT MORE MAC LIPSTICK SWATCHES: 

  1. Must have MAC Nudes Part 1
  2. Must have MAC Nudes Part 2
  3. Must have MAC Red Lipsticks
  4. Summer Approved Bright Reds
  5. MAC Liptensity Line
  6. MAC Vampy Lipstick 

Don’t forget to comment, share and PIN if you love these lippies!!!

MAC Lipstick Swatches MAC Lipstick Swatches

 

 

DISCLAIMER: Products were sent for editorial consideration. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio

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5 DRUGSTORE BRUSHES UNDER $10

When it comes to Makeup Brushes you do not need to spend a ton of money for results. There are soooo many fabulous options at the Drugstore and for this post I want to talk about my 5 must have drugstore brushes! Not only are these affordable drugstore brushes but also all under $10 and can be found at Ulta Beauty & Target!

Elf Cosmetics Flawless Face Brush – $6.00: This brush is absolutely perfect for powder foundation. If you have been following me for a while you know I am a huge MAC Studio Fix Powder fan. Because the brush is a bit more dense it packs on so much product. Its so soft and is not too big either. The size is actually another great feature. Its compact enough to fit in a smaller makeup bag. Some days when I am doing my makeup on the train I will use it for my powder foundation, bronzer and then blush.

Real Techniques Expert Concealer Brush – $6.99: New to my collection but only after a few uses I am in love. This brush actually gave me this idea for this Drugstore Brushes post lol! This blends out concealer without streaks and the bristles are nice and soft which is important for such a delicate area of the face. When it comes to pot concealers using a brush makes them so much easier but I have been using this for all of mine.

Real Techniques Powder Brush – $9.99: When it comes to setting your whole face this brush will be your best friend. I do not always set my whole face but when I do this is the only brush I reach for.  The size and shape allow product to sweep over the entire face effortlessly. I have also used this for powder foundation but found the Elf Face Brush to work better. However this can be a multi – tasker in your collection!

Real Techniques Blush Brush – $8.99: Blush is my fav and when you have the right tools it is even better. With the shape you can get product perfect on the apple of your cheeks or can even use this as a bronzing brush to carve out your cheek bones. Another multi – tasker but I prefer this as a blush brush!

Elf Cosmetics Small Stipple Brush – $3.00: The cheapest on this list yet can do so much! I have used this for liquid foundation, cream blush, cream bronzer and cream contour. This brush is fool proof and a must have!

Drugstore Brushes

 

What are your must have drugstore brushes? Let me know in the comments below and don’t forget to share and pin!

 

DISCLAIMER: Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio

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MAC VAMP LIPSTICK: FALL MAKEUP

Well it is officially Fall to me even though its 90 degrees in Chicago this week.  I am very much ready for a pumpkin spice lattes, sweaters, 60 degree days and a deep nude or vampy lip! In the recent years I have been changing up my makeup by seasons and have so much fun with it!  Whether its a bright orange lipstick for summer or darker toned lips for fall, I love playing with lipstick. When it comes to Fall makeup nothing screams it more than a MAC Vamp Lipstick. They can seem intimidating but berries and deeper purples can look gorgeous with a toned down makeup look. MAC has many more options than these but these are some classic MAC Vamp Lipstick options. Enjoy!!!

LIPSTICK SWATCHES TOP TO BOTTOM (click shade to shop!)

  • Diva: Matte – Intense Reddish Burgundy
  • Rebel: Satin – Midtonal Cream Plum
  • Sin: Matte –  Deep Dark Blue Red
  • Antique Velvet: Matte – Intense Brown
  • Instigator: Matte –  Deep Blackened Plum
  • Stone: Matte – Muted Greyish Taupe Brown

MAC REBEL LIPSTICKMAC VAMP LIPSTICK

Just like a red lip, you have to find a shade that works for you and one you are comfortable with. By just looking at the tube some look so much darker than they are so make sure to swatch and have fun with this trend! The MUA’s at MAC are always helpful with choosing the best shade and don’t forget there are tons of options at the drugstore for those who are just trying out this look or on a budget.

What is your go to look for Fall? Do you like to rock a vampy lip? Let me know in the comments below.

Vampy Lipstick

Want More MAC Lipstick Swatches? Check out my posts below:

  1. Must have MAC Nudes Part 1
  2. Must have MAC Nudes Part 2
  3. Must have MAC Red Lipsticks
  4. Summer Approved Bright Reds
  5. MAC Liptensity Line

 

Disclaimer: Lipsticks were sent for editorial consideration. All thoughts and opions are my own. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio

 

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MUST HAVE KIEHL’S SKINCARE: BPAMC PICKS

Winter is coming and no I am not talking about Game of Thrones, I am talking about Chicago. Wind burning your face and temperatures below zero type of winter is coming lol My skin takes a beating every year and my skin ranges from Normal to Combo but when its dry its very dry! When it comes to must have products to combat my winter skin and really all year long Kiehl’s products are my go to. Kiehls products can be a bit more costly however a little goes a long way so the product will last you a good amount of time! I do use these all year long but in the other seasons I am able to try more or be bit more flexible because I am not soooo dry!  Lets talk about these Kiehl’s must have skin savers! Bonus?!!!??  Kiehl’s is now sold at Sephora!!

KIEHL'S Skincare

  1. Ultra Facial Cream: This face cream is well creamy and leaves my skin hydrated and dewy. It can be a bit wet to the touch at first.  It doesn’t dry down fully for a while but I prefer this.  It offers 24 hours of hydration and is available in three sizes, one being only $16 so its a great way to try this product.  Kiehl’s recently added a SPF  option which I was using over the summer and loved it.
  2. Midnight Recovery Concentrate:  Midnight Recovery will give you moisture with just 2-3 drops. It can be used alone or with your favorite nighttime moisturizer. Sometimes I just add one drop into my moisturizer and it is still hydrating enough!  With a blend of oils, including lavender, evening primrose, and squalene you will have softer and smooter skin by morning.
  3. Daily Reviving Concentrate: If you want to glow then you need this! Again all it takes is 2-3 drops but even with one drop mixed in your moisturizer especially if you are using the Ultra Facial Cream. With antioxidant protection and a blend of natural oils, including ginger root, sunflower, and tamanu you will not regret this purchase.
  4. Cucumber Herbal Conditioning Cleanser:  A newer cleanser to the Kiehls family. I have been using it for about a month now and love it! Suitable for all skin types but specifically those with dry and sensitive skin (its my perfect match lol) It is a foaming gel formula that will not strip your skin and leaves the skin feeling smooth and soft. One thing that will turn me off immediately to a face wash? Dry and tight skin after I dry off my face. This one will not do that to you I promise!
  5. Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado: I can not say enough about this eye cream. It literally saved my dry under eyes. After kids my skin changed and this brought life back to my eye area due to the avocado oil this is infused with. I prefer to use this at night because it is a bit thick (in a good way) and I  have other day creams I use but for night this cream is amazing! Again a little goes a long way so no matter what size you choose you will get a lot of bang for your buck!
  6. Turmeric & Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Mask: Do not tell my husband I told you but he is obsessed with this mask. The first time we both tried it he said “you can tell this is a good high quality mask” (his exact words lol) This is made to use during the day to brighten your skin and yes it does just that however it exfoliates as well. This is where my dry skin loves it! When you are ready to remove the mask all you need to do is take a wet rag and go in circular motions and let the cranberry seeds work their magic. Your skin will be feeling fresh, bright and smooth!

Here are some of my Kiehl’s Wish List Items:

Well there you have it, my must have Kiehl’s products and a few I am looking to get my hands on in the near future!  What skincare items are you loving? Do you have a Kiehl’s product you love that I didn’t mention? Let me know below!

 

DISCLAIMER: Products were sent for editorial consideration. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links and help support this site. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio

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ELF COSMETICS: Liquid Matte Lipstick in 6 New Shades!

Elf Cosmetics has really stepped up thier game this year. There have been so many new releases and you all know I love a good beauty deal. Elf Cosmetics has some gems that I use all the time and for Fall they have gone above and beyond. The whole month of September they are kicking off 30 Days of NEW NEW! Starting September 1st they will be releasing a brand new product every single day of the month! This weekend they are launching 6 new shades of their liquid matte lipstick.  These lippies are only $5 and already come in 5 shades. See them here.

Per the ELF Website: This Liquid Matte Lipstick leaves a long lasting, gorgeous matte finish. The formula is enriched with Vitamin E to help nourish and condition the lips. The slim, diamond shaped applicator gives you flawless application in just one stroke!

NEW SHADES:

Whether you are looking for a vampy look or some fun nudes, you are covered! I already own Tea Rose and Praline and they are just as gorgeous! liquid matte lipstick

Drugstore Liquid Lipstick

Liquid Lipstick Swatches

Drugstore Makeup

Elf Lipstick Liquid Matte Lipstick

What do you think of the new shades launching? Will you be picking up some of these new lippies? Let me know in the comments below. To see the other products that have already launched head over to their INSTAGRAM as they have labeled the days to make it easy to see what has already launched!

 

 

DISCLAIMER: Images provided by Elf Cosmetics for editorial consideration. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You for your constant love and support to Beaut Products Are My Cardio 

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NYX Liquid Lipstick: Luv Out Loud Limited Edition Set

NYX  just launched a limited edition set of six new liquid lipsticks celebrating individuality, beauty and artistry for all! The set is currently available at Ulta  , the NYX Website and are priced to perfection…$6.99!!! With each NYX Liquid Lipstick, they want to know what qualities make a person beautiful?  They have created shade names for you to show how you Luv Out Loud!

Product Info:

Drugstore Liquid Lipstick
Shades Top to Bottom: Fearless, Brilliant, Extraordinary, Passionate, Confident, Brave

Which shade would you choose? I am a bit of Brilliant mixed with Confident! These vampy purples are giving me major fall vibes! If you are into deeper shades for fall these are perfect and affordable!

NYX Liquid Lipstick

What is your favorite NYX Lip Product? If you are new to liquid lipsticks NYX is a great place to start as they have many options, shades and you can not beat the price!

Here are some to look into at your next trip to Ulta! Happy Shopping!!!

DISCLAIMER: Products were sent by NYX Cosmetics for editorial consideration. Links are affiliate, thoughts and opinions are my own.  Thanks for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio

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MAC NUDE LIPSTICK II: Swatches & Product Info

Nude Lips are so classic and can be worn with many different makeup looks. I love experimenting with different  tones for the fall and in general. Lets be honest nude makeup is my favorite  lol Whether its a brown toned nude or a more pink/mauve nude there are endless options when it comes to MAC, not just with shades but with different finishes. One thing I love about MAC  , no matter your skin tone they have you covered! With fall just around the corner I wanted to show you 9 more must have MAC Nude Lipstick!

My first must have nudes from my MAC Collection are all swatched HERE 

Colors Top – Bottom:

**Shop by clicking shade names**

  • YASH deep neutral – matte finish
  • TWIG soft muted brownish pink – satin finish
  • FAUX muted mauve pink – satin finish
  • MEHR dirty blue pink – matte finish
  • CHERISH soft muted peachy beige – satin finish
  • TAUPE muted reddish – taupe brown – matte finish
  • HUG ME  flesh pink – lustre finish
  • KINDA SEXY neutral pinky rose – matte finish
  • WHIRL dirty rose – matte finish

MAC Lipstick Swatches

Do you spot any of your favorites? Hug Me is such a beautiful nude and because its a lustre finish I love the way it looks and is a nice change from my normal mattes.  I can mix it with other colors easily or switch it up with different lip liner shades. Whirl is new to me even though I know it has a cult following (late to the game I know!!!)  Whirl is such a fun darker shade on me that brings me back to the 90’s and I LOVE IT! 
MAC LIPSTICK

What are your must have nude lipsticks? Do you have MAC lipsticks you can not live without? For me Honey Love, Spirit and Blankety are some of my must haves see swatches HERE. I am excited to switch things up for Fall this year! Don’t forget to subscribe, share and pin!

Here is an easy guide for you to pin to Pinterest

MAC NUDE LIPSTICK SWATCHES

WANT MORE MAC?  Please see posts below:

* Swatches of the entire Liptensity line here
* Swatches of NEW Metallic Lipstick line here
* Swatches of the entire Strobe Cream line here
* Swatches of my favorite MAC Nudes here
* MAC Shadescents Line Information here
* My Custom MAC Eyeshadow Palette here 
* Three Must Have MAC Redlipsticks here
* Review on MAC Prep & Prime Oil / LipScrubs here
DISCLAIMER: Some lipsticks were sent for editorial consideration, thoughts and opinions are my own. Links associated with BPAMC are affiliate links. Thank You so much for your constant love and support to Beauty Products Are My Cardio
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