MAC is Beauty Collection

April 18, 2015 | Beauty, MAC | 6 Comments »

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MAC is Beauty Collection


Alpha Girl Beauty Powder


Swatches (Left to Right): Alpha Girl, Make Me Gorgeous, Real Doll, Reel Sexy

This post took a little longer to put together than I wanted. If you follow me on Instagram you know that my first Alpha Girl Beauty Powder arrived damaged. MAC shipped a replacement out rather quickly, but then I got caught up with other goodies and this post just got pushed back. Better late than never, eh?

I really wanted the lipsticks more than anything. And I think I picked some good ones! I was originally just going to get Reel Sexy, but decided to pick up Make Me Gorgeous and Real Doll as well. After seeing swatches I convinced myself that I needed them in my life.

Let’s start with the Alpha Girl Beauty Powder. It’s described as a soft peachy pink with gold nuance. I applied it to my cheeks as a blush because I thought it would add a nice little glow. I really like it paired with the Reel Sexy Lipstick.

As for the lipsticks, Make Me Gorgeous is an amplified and described as an intense coral pink, Real Doll is a lustre and described as a light pinky lilac, and Reel Sexy is an amplified and described as a bright coral. At this point I don’t think I can pick a favorite. I love them all! And for a lustre I’m really surprised at how Real Doll applied. It really does look like the perfect lilac! You can see them in action below.


Make Me Gorgeous


Real Doll


Reel Sexy

I think my camera captured Reel Sexy at its best. But I assure you Make Me Gorgeous and Real Doll look SO much better in person!

MAC Bao Bao Wan Collection

March 12, 2015 | Beauty, MAC | 6 Comments »

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MAC Bao Bao Wan Collection


MAC Bao Bao Wan Forbidden Sunrise Lipstick


MAC Bao Bao Wan Lavender Jade Lipstick


Swatches: Forbidden Sunrise, Lavender Jade

When I saw the Bao Bao Wan Collection pop up on the MAC website weeks before its official launch, I figured it would go live earlier than expected. So I did what any hardcore makeup lover would do. I stalked. Every day. For WEEKS! It didn’t launch early. And had I not been told by the woman dressed in all white standing in an all white room showing me how to make Chanel blush to wake up at that very moment, I would have missed out. Everyone has these kinds of dreams, right? RIGHT?

Crazy blush making dream aside, all I wanted were these 2 lipsticks. I find that it gets harder and harder to stand my ground and not buy entire collections just because it’s shiny, new, and pretty as hell! But I really didn’t need the eyeshadow palette or that gorgeous beauty powder. These lipsticks were must haves though.

Forbidden Sunrise is a matte and described as creamy orange. Lavender Jade is also a matte and described as dirty mauve with gold pearl. Lavender Jade is my favorite of the 2, but Forbidden Sunrise is a rather unique shade in my ever growing collection. I found both of these lipsticks to be very creamy and extremely comfortable. I only had to touch up once throughout the day which was nice. You can see both of these beauties in action below.


Were you able to get anything from the MAC Bao Bao Wan Collection? What did you get? What are your thoughts?

MAC Cinderella Royal Ball Lipstick

March 9, 2015 | Beauty, MAC | 10 Comments »

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MAC Cinderella Royal Ball Lipstick


MAC Cinderella Royal Ball Lipstick


MAC Cinderella Royal Ball Lipstick


MAC Cinderella Royal Ball Lipstick


Swatch: MAC Cinderella Royal Ball Lipstick

The MAC Cinderella collection is a collection I REALLY wanted to love. But nothing really jumped out at me. The shades are soft and neutral. Basically what you’d expect from a Cinderella collection. The packaging is super cute, but I’ve kind of grown out of buying things JUST for the packaging. Still, I felt like I should at least try something from this collection. As I looked through my tool box I realized that I didn’t own that many nude lipsticks so I added Royal Ball to my wishlist. And that’s really all I ended up getting. Of course during the checkout process I tried convincing myself that I needed the Stroke of Midnight palette. But I stood my ground and didn’t buy into the hype. That doesn’t mean it’s not a pretty palette. It just means that I only have like 50 similar palettes/shades laying around.

Anyway, Royal Ball is a lustre and described as fleshy pink. It looks really frosty on my lips and while I don’t typically go for that sort of look, I actually like this. It did take a little getting used to, but after a little while I really started to love it. I think it has a nice elegant look to it. Totally Cinderella-like. I got about 2 hours of wear time before it started to fade. I found it to be pretty comfortable too. I’m glad I decided to get it after all. It’s a nice addition to my collection.



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