“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!
Pop The Champagne because the Japonesque holiday collection is worth celebrating! Both sets are limited edition with luxurious matte gold packing and priced to perfection! Whether you are looking for the perfect gift for someone or for yourself they are guaranteed to keep you glowing and looking flawless throughout the Holiday season! Both sets are available now at Ulta Beauty.
Highlighting Trio Set:
Includes three highlighters with silky micro-fine pearl powder in matte gold packaging. Shades – Champagne Gold, Rose Gold and Bronze Gold.
Includes their top selling finishing powder in gold matte packaging with matching silky soft powder brush. “The micro-fine powder is a universal shade that will blur the look of imperfections while leaving a velvety soft matte finish to every complexion”
“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!”
Online: October 13th
In-store: October 20th – December 15th 2016
$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
“Jacques Dessange established the house of DESSANGE 60 years ago, in 1954 in the heart of Paris on the prestigious Champs-Elysées, instantly becoming a symbol of French luxury…Today, DESSANGE remains the number one luxury hair care brand in the world with a unique network of 400-plus salons in over 40 countries, and seven training centers. DESSANGE is the long-standing Hair partner of the Cannes Film Festival and a salon choice for a wide array of glamorous A-list celebrities. In late 2014, DESSANGE entered new territory with the launch of its premium mass brand, DESSANGE Paris, in the US, bringing the luxury salon techniques to the homes of women everywhere”
Five Collections: Purifying Clay, Oleo Miracle, Solar Blonde Naturale, California Blonde and Salon Color Restore.
I had the pleasure to review the Oleo Miracle line and let me just say my hair has its shine back and feels incredibly soft and smooth. All the products in the line have three oils: argan, camellia and pracaxi which bring out your hairs natural beauty along with protecting it. The Oleo Miracle line was created to bring over-processed and damaged hair back to life! Sounds amazing right?!!??
Let me start with the replenishing oil because its my favorite from the three products. I have been using it a few times a week for 3 weeks and I saw results immediately. I apply one pump to my wet/damp hair more towards the middle to the ends of my hair because my roots tend to get oily if I use too much product. On days I just dry my hair and do not style it, my hair still has that softness and shine to it. When I style my hair whether it be with a curling or flat iron the over all appearance looks more polished and healthy. I adore hair oils and serums for that exact reason and this one does not disappoint. The smell can be strong. Its not bad but it has a perfume type of odor to it. So this may not be the ideal for some.
The Shampoo and Conditioner have the same perfume smell but because I saw such fabulous results it was something I was able to look past. The shampoo lathers well allowing you to feel like your hair is actually getting very clean. The conditioner does not leave film or a heavy feeling to your hair at all. So not only are you getting the repairs your hair needs, it feels clean (even with three oils). The packaging gives off a luxury feel with the gold design and writing while the product bottles are very sturdy. Overall I have been enjoying all three products but the oil stood out for me as the winner.
Would you like to win this line to try these fabulous products for yourself? See below for rules.
“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”
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.
*These were generously sent to me by Butter London. Opinions are honest and my own.
After watching a ton of YouTube videos and reading Blog/Instagram posts, I decided I should do the 20 facts about me tag. I absolutely loved learning about all of you so I hope you enjoy this! Lets just jump right in……
My name is Vanessa not beautyproductsaremycardio – lol!
I grew up in Elmwood Park a suburb right outside of Chicago and the home of the best Italian Beef the Chicago area has to offer but if you ask my Husband he will tell you I am bias. Whatever!
My Husband and I met in Children’s Theater class at Northeastern Illinois University 12 years ago.
I am mostly Italian and my husband is Palestinian. We have two kids. Our daughter is 3 and our son is 10 months
My Bachelors and Masters Degree are both in Communications and I studied Flamenco Dance as my minor.
My passion for dance started at the age of 9. I have studied Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Modern, Belly Dancing and Flamenco
I was allowed to wear makeup off the stage at the age of 12. My mom took me to the drugstore the summer going into Jr. High. We bought mainly Cover Girl. To this day if I open a Cover Girl blush the smell instantly brings me back to that moment.
For my 16th Birthday I was introduced to MAC by receiving a black MAC makeup bag filled with blush, eyeliner, lipliner and lipglass. Our relationship is now almost 20 years strong!
Blush is my ultimate beauty weakness. I believe this obsession started because as a dancer my mom would tell me I need more blush for the stage….like ALL THE TIME. So I started to experiment with blush and the rest is history (picture evidence below HA)
I worked in Disney World for a college internship and it changed me forever. If you are in college you MUST look into this program. I worked Retail in Magic Kingdom.
Family is EVERYTHING!!!!
Audrey Hepburn is my style icon.
I started my blog 7 months ago, 2 days after returning to my full time job from being on Maternity Leave. It was something I had been thinking about for over a year and all of a sudden it all came together and Beauty Products Are My Cardio was born.
I am an Academic Advisor by day and taught Public Speaking for 5 years at a Community College here in Chicago.
I drink coffee…however 95% of the time its decaf. I just truly love the taste. Tall Decaf Non Fat No Whip Mocha.
Next to blush chocolate is my other weakness.
I HEART Pasta. Nothing beats my dads cooking … well except my grandparents 🙂
I am trying to get better at eating cleaner and working out #momlife
Black and Purple are my favorite colors
I absolutely love interacting with each of you everyday!
Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure! I tag all of you 🙂
Renpure is a family owned company that creates hair care products without sodium chloride, sulfates, dyes, harsh salts, parabens, and gluten. Renpure Biotin & Colleagen Shampoo and Conditioner “formulas are meant to help deliver vital thickening and volumizing properties with our exclusive blend of Vitamin B7 Biotin, Collagen and Keratin that are known for being imperative to thicken, maintain and enhance your hairs volume, health, strength and shine!”
$4.99 (USD) per bottle -160z (size shown in picture) or $7.99(USD) per bottle – 32oz
Where to buy:
This brand can be found at Ulta, Walmart, CVS, Walgreen’s, Amazon and Target. Currently Target is running a buy 1 get 1 25% off offer till 11/5. Shop here.
Does my hair look or feel thicker?? Yes! Just like my skin my hair changed after my kids. It lost its shine, bounce and overall healthy look. Unlike my skin I use multiple products on my hair all the time. I change things often because I can tell right away if its working or not. Since using the Renpure thickening Shampoo and Conditioner I can see overall results. My hair is shiner, appears thicker and looks much healthier.
The consistency is on the thicker side and is white in color. It lathers nicely and after rising my hair feels clean without a residue feeling. One thing that may throw some people off is the smell. Although I personally am ok with the smell it can be a bit overwhelming. The smell stays in my hair and I LOVE that! Even as the hours have gone by in the day my hair still smells pretty and that is a personal preference that excites me because it does not happen often with most hair products.
Would I recommend this shampoo and conditioner? Yes! These are most certainly #10orlesstuesday worthy as I say on my Instagram. If your hair has been needing a pick me as of late, for the price and easy accessibility you cant go wrong with trying them out. There are quite a few different lines from this brand (see them here) so I would love to hear if you have tried them before and your thoughts!!
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
Swatches of 5 shades from the Collection:
Top to Bottom: 310 Red My Lips – 430 Hot n’ Spicy – 450 Legend Berry
Top to Bottom: 240 Hey Nude – 380 Nude- Tastic
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.
“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!”
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
Swatches Top to Bottom:
Como La Flor – muted cherry red (amplified)
Amor Prohibido – pinky mid-tone brown (glaze)
Dreaming of You – deep wine (matte)
Eye Shadow: $18.00 USD / $20.50 CAN
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)
Blush $29.00 USD / $34.00 CAN – Brush $35.00 USD / $45.00 CAN
Swatches Top to Bottom of Techno Cumbia
Blunt – muted golden brown (matte)
Ven Conmigo – beige pink (matte)
Opulash Mascara: $18.00 USD / $22.00 CAN
Color: Optimum Black – Intense Black
Liquid Eye Liner: $21.00 USD / $24.00 CAN
Color: Boot Black – Intense Black
*These were sent to BPAMC for reviewing purposes by MAC Cosmetics. As always opinions are 100% honest and my own.
Fall is officially here and Metallic lips are trending this season. What better way to try this trend with an affordable option. The Milani Metallic Lip Cremes are $8.99, have a variety of shades to choose from and are pigmented and long lasting.
According to the Milani Cosmetics website the lip creams “Paint your pout with gilded glamour. Bold and richly pigmented, these metallic liquid lip colors shine with a soft luster and dry to a smooth matte finish—without drying out your lips. Waterproof and kiss-approved, each Amore Matte Metallic Lip Crème delivers up to 16 hours of wear”
Fabulous right? You will definitely want to pick some of these up. Here are my picks from the Milani Metallic Lip Cremes Collection to get you fall ready.