MAC Eye Shadow X9: Burgundy Times Nine

March 7, 2015 | Beauty, MAC | 2 Comments »

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MAC Eye Shadow X9: Burgundy Times Nine


MAC Eye Shadow X9: Burgundy Times Nine


Swatches: Honey Lust, Poppyseed, Quarry, Antiqued, Embark


Swatches: #Noir, Haux, Star Violet, Sketch

When I made my MAC Cinderella collection purchase I decided to pick up the Burgundy Times Nine palette as well. I really do love my MAC palettes! And this one really jumped out at me. The shadows are smaller than the average pan size. However, I personally like having more shadows in a smaller package. It’s like a sampling of lots of pretty shadows that compliment each other nicely. It’s also perfect for traveling (which I’ve been doing a lot more of lately).

There are 4 X9 palettes total. Amber, Purple, Navy, and Burgundy. Burgundy contains Honey Lust (bronze dipped peach/lustre), Poppyseed (midtone mauvey nude/satin), Quarry (soft muted plum brown/matte), Antiqued (ash brown with bronze/veluxe pearl), Embark (intense reddish brown/matte), #Noir (deep black brown w/ gold pearls/velvet), Haux (soft muted rosy brown/satin), Star Violet (pinky brown plum/veluxe pearl), and Sketch (burgundy with red shimmer/velvet). Surprisingly I don’t have any of these shades in my collection already which made my decision that much easier. I’m really loving Star Violet! It’s just so pretty!

Below you can see a look I created using this palette. I used Star Violet on my lid (I actually slightly wet it with my Fix+ before applying it), Haux in my crease, Sketch in my outer crease and lower lash line (I slightly wet it with Fix+ before applying to lower lash line), and Honey Lust on the inner corner of my eye and brow bone.


Did you get any of the X9 palettes? If so, which one? What are your thoughts?

MAC A Fantasy Of Flowers Collection

February 7, 2014 | Beauty, MAC | No Comments »

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Sometimes I hate to admit it, but the truth is I’m a bit of a MAC whore. Yes, I said whore. My love for makeup and all things pretty isn’t limited to specific brands, but I do tend to gravitate more towards MAC than anything else. I’m not sure what it is, but their new collection launches probably excite me way more than they should. I can’t even begin to tell you about the amount of sleep I lost over The Archie’s Girls Collection (my all time favorite collection). A Fantasy Of Flowers is far from being a favorite of mine, but I was still pretty excited about it and love the items I purchased. Mostly.

I say mostly because it appears the Mineralize Skinfinishes are different this time around. I was lucky enough to purchase Stereo Rose in 2012, but I’m a tad bummed about the 2014 release of Perfect Topping. This isn’t at all what I was hoping to get. They’re obviously two very different Skinfinishes than the ones from previous releases. Would it be Skinfinishes? Or is the plural term still Skinfinish? Anyway, the Perfect Topping Skinfinish might not be what I was expecting, but I suppose it’s not a total loss either. I’m sure that I’ll get some use of it. Now for some pictures and swatches!


MAC Fluidline in Sassy Moss


MAC Fluidline in Phlox Garden


Swatches (Left to Right): Sassy Moss, Phlox Garden


MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Stereo Rose


MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Stereo Rose (2012 release)


Swatches: Stereo Rose (2012 release)


MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Perfect Topping


Swatches: Perfect Topping


MAC Lipstick in Dreaming Dahlia


MAC Lipstick in Fleur d’Coral


MAC Lipstick in Naked Bud


MAC Lipstick in Snapdragon


Swatches (Left to Right): Dreaming Dahlia, Fleur d’Coral, Naked Bud, Snapdragon

I didn’t post a swatch of the 2014 Stereo Rose because this one isn’t mine to swatch. It’s strictly for a client. Sorry about that!

The lipsticks are all wonderful! I don’t care much for lustres, but I do love these and think they’ll be great for Spring! The fluidlines are both unique colors in my collection as I typically go for blacks and grays. That’s about all that caught my eye from MAC’s A Fantasy Of Flowers Collection. I might go back for the Petal Power Blush, but I’m still undecided. Overall it’s a decent looking collection and the only item that didn’t live up to my expectations was the Skinfinish. Skinfinishes? Seriously, what is it???

I don’t want this post to be so photo heavy, so check back soon for some looks that I’m planning to create with this collection. I know. I know. I’m full of broken promises. But this time I mean it!

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick

January 27, 2014 | Beauty, MAC | 2 Comments »

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MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick


MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick


Swatches: Left – Built up, Right – 1 swipe

Are y’all sick of all the RiRi stuffs yet? Well, I’m not! I happen to love just about everything from each collection. More so the lipsticks. And the Viva Glam Rihanna lipstick is no exception. Out of all of the collections this one didn’t give me more gray hairs. Can’t say the same about the others.

Anyway, this lipstick is a gorgeous frosty blue-red. It applied smoothly and felt very comfortable on my lips. I got a good few hours out of my first application and only needed to touch up after eating/drinking. I feel like this is a more wearable red for me. In fact it’s sitting on top of my tool box because I just know it’s going to be getting a lot of use!


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