MAC Lipliners Auburn, Nightingale

MAC Lipliners Auburn, Nightingale

I’m a bit of a lip liner fiend. I just like knowing that I have the right liner for my lipstick should I want one. My favorites are the regular MAC pencils.

So two of my newer liners are Nightingale and Auburn. Nightingale is a lovely berry shade and Auburn is a red with brown undertones.

Swatches of Auburn and Nightingale. Auburn is a great liner for Chili and similar shades. Nightingale goes well with shades like Rebel or Maybelline Berry Bossy.

The liners have the usual MAC liner quality. That’s really all there is to say. Believe it or not, I still have nowhere near the whole range. Although at this point I might just as well pull the trigger on the rest… We’ll see. 😉

 

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MAC Lip Pencil Stone

MAC Lip Pencil Stone

Let’s talk about a useful item from MAC that is non-limited (with all these LEs it’s so easy to get sidetracked). It’s the lip pencil in the color Stone:

Stone has been around for a long time and proved so popular that MAC later on released a Stone lipstick to go with it. But I don’t have the lipstick, only the pencil. Stone is a greyish brown, a taupe so to say. The lighter your skin tone is, the browner this will appear on you and the darker you are the more the grey will pull out. This, like nudes, is a color that will look different on everyone.

Swatch. See how it looks pretty brown on me? It’s still a cool toned brown, but this pencil can look much cooler and more grey on others. Just so you get a feeling for it, Stone is quite a bit darker than the MAC liquid lipstick in Flesh Stone.

Stone comes with the usual MAC lip pencil quality. It applies well and helps the staying power of the lipstick. You can also use it alone or under lipgloss.

Examples of lipsticks you can pair it with:

MAC Stone (obviously); Maybelline Steel Chic (will make the deal opaque); L’Oreal x Balmain Legend; L’Oreal x Balmain Glamazone (will make color stronger and more opaque); Maybelline Gone Greige.

You can also use it underneath non-opaque shimmery things to give them a base color to shine on, use it with all sorts of nude lipsticks to pull them cooler, and use it with all sorts of soft pinks and corals to pull them more nude.

You see it’s a really versatile lip liner. I really go into the very cool toned lips this year (and the metals, but that’s another story).

Do you have Stone? What’s your most used lip liner? What’s the most useful one in your stash? Or do you not use liner at all?

MAC Work It Out: Chromagraphic Pencils

MAC Work It Out: Chromagraphic Pencils

The current Work It Out Collection by MAC includes Chromagraphic Pencils again, so I picked up what I didn’t have yet.

The colors are Landscape Green, Genuine Orange and Primary Yellow. The whole Work It Out Collection has a special outer packaging on top of the regular black packaging. The products have the usual black MAC design. The chromagraphic pencils are permanent Pro items, meaning you can get them anytime online or in a MAC pro store, but with this Collection you can get them everywhere. Other colors also included in the Collection: Process Magenta, Rich Purple and Marine Ultra.

This pic brings out the kid in me. Happy crayon colors!

All three go on smooth and pigmented. The yellow might be a tad creamier than the others. But none of them smudges much and they go on well in the waterline. They hold reasonably well in the waterline, but they are not waterproof, so a waterproof pencil will last better. According to the packaging all of these can be used in the lip area, Genuine Orange should not be used in the eye area or the waterline and the other two shouldn’t be put into the inner rim of the eye either. That’s just a precaution, though (so that you can’t sue them if you turn out to be allergic or something). I’ve totally used them in the waterline and lived to tell the tale.

So these colors are probably a bit unusual but I like using orange, red or yellow underneath the eye, often with a regular brown colored smokey eye look. Other than that they can be used as lip liner for the currently very trendy colorful lipsticks and of course they can be used for all sort of special makeup, like Sugar Skulls etc.

There were also a whole lot of colored mascaras in this collection, but unlike pencils mascara dries up so I skipped them even though I sort of wanted some freaky colors.

essence Winter Glow multi-use ombre lipliner

essence Winter Glow multi-use ombre lipliner

So, this review might be a little late because this item is from essence’s winter collection which was on sale dec/jan but maybe you can find some left over…? Sorry. As I like to remind people every year, february isn’t the end of winter, it’s midwinter. We still have a ways to go into spring, even if spring collections are on sale in january. XD So winter glow it is.

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So this stick is the essence multi use ombre lipliner. The only available color was white like a snowflake. It’s basically a chubby white pencil with a very creamy texture. Now, essence has dicovered the ombre lips style in 2017. They are also selling some new permanent ombre lip thingys in white and black I think. Had I known that I might have skipped the limited one for those, but alas.

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Swatch in the shade. Color is pure white, not completely opaque. The way essence showed this product on the display it looks like they meant it to go on the outside of the lips, so that your color in the middle faded out into nothing. Problem? Well, unless you’re a ghoul, white isn’t going to fade into your skin color, duh. The obviously right way to wear this instead is in the middle of the lip, leaving the darker color on the outside.

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Same swatch in direct sunlight.

And you know, it works in the middle of the lip. The texture is so creamy, you only have to dab it into the middle and smack your lip around a bit, it blends itself. It also looked fairly good. However, since this is pure white pigment, it has limitations, as you’ll always end up with the color being mixed with white pigment. Imho it works best with pinks and nudes that already have some white pigment in.

So, it was easy to apply, but of course, if you mix two colors together, reapplication is a bit tricky or honestly it just doesn’t happen. So this isn’t a look for all night.

In a nutshell: okay, but not a huge deal to miss. Honestly every product with creamy white pigment can do this. Great if you wanna create pastel lips, since it always mixes with the other color and makes it lighter and more opaque.

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils Rich Purple & Marine Ultra

MAC Chromagraphic Pencils Rich Purple & Marine Ultra

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Let’s talk about MAC‘s chromagraphic pencils. Those two here are Marine Ultra and Rich Purple. I already own a few Chromagraphic Pencils and I like them so much that ultimately I want to have all of them. These are Pro items, you can get them in MAC Pro stores or on the regular MAC website. They are not limited edition, you can get them anytime.

Those pencils are multi-use, you can do whatever you want with them (I mean, you can always do whatever you want with everything, but these aren’t designed as eyeliners or something is what I mean). Now that’s the theory but these MAC products always come with a little slip of paper in the packaging with warnings. These say that Marine Ultra is not to be used in the lip area or in the inner rim of the eye and that Rich Purple is not to be used in the inner rim of the eye. (The warning differs between general eye area and the inner rim. All the reddish colors aren’t to be used in the general eye area either). Now, AS USUAL I did not find this slip of paper until AFTER I’d used these products and I have worn Rich Purple in the inner rim and live to tell the story. Personally I ignore these warnings, but you might want to know these things before you buy them, so that’s why I put it here.

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They look like regular pencils. Top: Marine Ultra, bottom Rich Purple.

As a whole, these pencils adehere well to the skin and apply without tugging. They are not eye pencils per se, though and that means they do not smoke out well. If you want a smoky pencil look, use a regular eye pencil or even better, a khol. These are what I use when crisp color is the goal. They can also be used to lay down a base color. As mentioned above I have also used them on the waterline and the color payoff wasn’t that great. A creamy eye pencil would be better there.

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Swatch of the colors in the shade. Marine Ultra is a pretty bright blue, yet still on the darker end of blue. Rich Purple is more subdued.

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Same swatch in direct sunlight.

Now, while the most obvious way to use them would be as eyeliner, lately unusal lip colors have been all the rage so I have also used them as lip liners. They don’t match up exactly with my lipsticks, but it works out. Examples:

Colorwise, Matte Royal is actually closer to Rich Purple than Marine Ultra, but it can work with either of them (depending on the goal, one would pull it more into blue, the other makes it darker purple).

Leap of Delight from the Holiday Collection is way more red than Rich Purple, so using them together pulls the whole deal more purple.

The mid tone purple lipstick 4Eva (review upcoming) is lighter than Rich Purple, this can be used for an ombre effect.

And lastly, since these pencils don’t really smudge and are long lasting they can also be used for any kind of special makeup like Halloween etc.

My biggest problem with these is that since I have used them for both eyes and lips I don’t know if I should put them with the eye pencils or with the lip liners (I keep those seperately, because I have a lot of pencils). XD

 

MAC Lip Liner Whirl

MAC Lip Liner Whirl

MAC Pencil Whirl

Hello! Today I want to talk about a liner I like a lot: MAC lip liner in Whirl. Depending on your skin color, Whirl is either nude or brown. In either case it’s useful for the nineties brownish lips which are still a huge trend right now.

Whirl Swatch

Swatch. The small line is the lip liner Whirl. The big one is the Urban Decay lipstick in 1993. The colors are fairly close, even if they are not completely identical. MAC also offers a matching lipstick in Whirl, which I don’t own. Often it’s the lipstick that exists first and then they make a matching liner, but in the case of Whirl and a few other well loved liners, it was the other way round.

The liner applies well and leaves you with nice and crisp lines. You can either use it only for the edges, or as I like to do it, apply it all over. You could stop there, it gives a matte look which isn’t totally opaque and looks more natural than a lipstick look. Or you can apply lipstick on top. Whirl lasts a good six hours on me (liner with lipstick on top). It wears off evenly, so you don’t even have to reapply, it will still look good even when it’s not fresh.

You don’t have to pair the liner in Whirl just with a matchy-matchy lipstick, either. You can use it to change the color of a lipstick as well. You can make a darker brown less harsh, you can make a rosy nude more brown etc.

Basically, I love this for when I’m going for 90ies supermodel brown lips.

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Perversion + Lip Liner

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick Perversion + Lip Liner

Happy Halloween!

Let’s talk about a black lipstick today, eh? 😉

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The new, huge Vice lipstick line by Urban Decay also included a black in their comfort matte formula. I figured it was worth a try. And because I am a fan of matching lip liners I also bought the 24/7 Glide-on Lip Pencil. Both of these are in the regular lineup, not limited.

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Here’s the Vice Lipstick in all its glory. The color is called Perversion. Since Urban Decay color names stay the same across products, their true black eyeliners etc are also named Perversion.

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The liner looks like this.

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Swatch of the liner alone.

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Swatch of lipstick plus liner. The lipstick is really good, gives off a lot of color pigment. With one swipe across my lips it was almost opaque, with two it looked perfect. The matte comfort finish is more of a satin matte, it is not as matte or drying as a regular matte by MAC, but it is also not quite as long lasting as a MAC matte. Last time I reveiwed the comfort matte I said I wanted to try a different finish, and here I am with yet another comfort matte. Sigh. It’s just I think this finish has the best colors in it, haha. Anyway, the lipstick has a great quality, you know, for a black lipstick. It wears off mostly evenly, but of course it looks sorta grungy when it wears off, as your natural color peeks through. I found the lipstick extremely easy to apply and it was also easy to get the lines crisp with just the bullet. Also, like I already mentioned it got opaque with two swipes.

So, this brings us to the bad part of the review: the liner. I got it to help getting the lines crisp, to help with opacity – which the lipstick absolutely didn’t need, but I didn’t know that! My recommendation is really to just buy the lipstick alone. Because, and you can see it in the swatches quite well, the liner does not create a crisp line. The liner, and that’s really the last thing you need a lip liner to do, freaking bleeds! Evey time I tried to do my mouth with it I looked like a failed attempt at a horror clown! I mean the whole reason I did not use an eye liner was that I expected the eyeliner to smudge, which I thought a waxy lip liner would not do. But it does. Boo!

So, long story short: lipstick yay, liner nay. If you really want to use a pencil with it, you’re better off with MAC’s Chromagraphic in Black Black.

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Lip swatch. The edges in the middle of my mouth (cupid’s bow) are made with the lipstick bullet. The corners were done with liner and you can see the smudging. That was not a corner thing, it had happened everywhere but I wiped it off and applied anew in the middle for the sake of the photograph. “Prevents feathering” my ass. I don’t know if this problem only arises with the Perversion color or others, too, as this is my only UD lip liner.

Other than that I found this color to be surprisingly wearable! Real black isn’t all that far off those dark purples anyway. I think more people should wear it, it goes with all skin tones, too.

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks Blackmail and 1993

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks Blackmail and 1993

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This year Urban Decay has released a new lipstick line, the Vice lipsticks. They launched a 100 lipsticks at once. In fact, there are some exclusive colors at Sephora I think, so it’s actually more like 120. I tried two matte ones, 1993 and Blackmail. Both colors were available before in the old lipstick line. There are two matte finishes, comfort matte and mega matte. Both of mine here are comfort matte. I also wish to point out the lipstick bullets, here photographed standing upside down. The top is flat so you can place them upside down without troubles (important for me as I always store my lipsticks like this, so I can read the labels)! And the labels also match the lipstick color, making it even easier to find the color you want. Yes!

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Unlike the previous lipstick line, the Vice are more traditionally lipstick shaped. I prefer this shape, this is part of the reason that I haven’t tried them before (the other is that over here they used to be more expensive than MAC, so I stuck with MAC. Except now MAC lippies cost 2 € more than these!)

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Swatch time! On top Blackmail, then 1993. Pic taken in the shade.

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Swatch time #2! This time taken in direct sunlight and with additional lip liners. Urban Decay offers their own matching lip liners for some lippies (not sure if for all of them) but when I ordered the lipsticks, the liners were sold out! So instead I used my MAC lip liners and I think they match very well: On top, to go with 1993, is MAC lip liner Whirl, and on bottom, to go with Blackmail, is lip liner Nightmoth. I don’t own the matching Whirl lipstick, but I guess Whirl and 1993 are pretty much dupes and you can use them and their lip liners interchangably.

1993 looks pretty harsh on my very pale wrist, but on my lips it works out. I mean, it is brown not nude, but it’s supposed to be, hence the nineties name. It’s a very trendy color at the moment. It wears well with or without lip liner, I use it either way depending on the look I want to achieve. The pretty much best thing about this lipstick is that it wears off so evenly! I can go out for dinner and not have to worry about looking weird. The color wears off when eating, and I’ll end up with more of a nude color, but it looks good, too.

The comfort matte formula glides on effortlessly and does not feel drying at all. I’m not 100% convinced on the lasting power, though. Both lipsticks only manage about three to four hours max on me. I think I’ll have to try out the mega matte next. In comparison to other brands, these are less matte and dry than MAC mattes. The formula is most similar to the satiny matte lipsticks by YSL and L’Oreal. The matte by Estee Lauder feel similar, but last longer.

I didn’t manage a lip swatch with 1993 (I mostly wear it to work and have to leave in a hurry), but here’s one of Blackmail:

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I think it’s a really pretty color. Sadly, it wears off visibly on the inside when eating and also sort of… rubs off a little. So this is not for dinner outings, more for when you don’t eat or only put it on for pictures and such.

So overall I think the colors are very pretty and I wear 1993 a lot, the dark one not so much. XD I want to try out the other finishes also, especially cream and mega matte. I actually didn’t want to buy Blackmail, I wanted Perversion, but that one is constantly sold out! I don’t get why not more brands release exciting colors, obviously there is a market here. Recently the new Maybelline ‘loaded bolds’ were released in Austria, but they left out the more outlandish colors like black, blue and grey! UNGH WHY! So I’ll just wait patiently until Perversion is in stock.

MAC Lip Pencil Nightmoth

MAC Lip Pencil Nightmoth

MAC Nightmoth

Let’s take a break from the spring pastels for something dark: the MAC Lip Pencil in Nightmoth. Nightmoth isn’t new and it can be found in the regular lineup, no need to rush for an LE. It’s a really dark lip liner and I think that especially with bold and dark colors having lip liners pays off.

Here’s a swatch in the shade:

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and this is in direct sunlight (please ignore the stripe, that’s a lipstick swatch I forgot to chop off):

MAC Dark Side Nightmoth Swatches

So you could call Nightmoth a brownish dark red or plum color. Nothing violet though. It’s fairly dark on the lips and goes with most dark lippies.

As always I apply the liner all over my lips first, make the outline work and then pat on the lipstick. Some liners can be worn completely on their own, but Nightmoth looks patchy alone. With lipstick though the colors look strong and the staying time is enhanced. I can eat and drink and most of it stays on. As it is with such strong colors, a bit of touch ups in the middle is required, but I got about five hours of wear out of it (and longer with touch ups).

Here’s a lip swatch:

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Sorry for the bad quality this was a spontaneous selfie, not a planned pic. Anyway, on the outline I wear only Nightmoth. On the inside I put Kiko Black Cherry, which is a dupe for MAC Cyber. Other lipsticks to wear with Nightmoth could be Smoked Purple or Viva Glam Ariana.

I am a big fan of MAC lip liners and this one is no exception. I experience no feathering (the uneven line is due to the bad pic quality) no smearing. Nightmoth is a must have for goth lyfe. 😉

MAC Flamingo Park: Silly and Chick Trick

MAC Flamingo Park: Silly and Chick Trick

MAC Flamingo Park includes lots of pretty pinks and corals, some of which are permanent or repromotes. Here’s what I already have:

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MAC Lip Liner Chick Trick (ignore the other one, that one’s permanent): When I bought it I didn’t know it was LE, but it’s listed as LE now. My original post for the liners can be read here.

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Chick Trick is bright pink with yellow undertones. The mine is a bit less creamy than my other MAC lip liners, but workable. I apply it all over the lip, then it makes lipsticks last longer. An exact lipstick color match would be Miley Cyrus I, but that one was limited. Other than that I mainly use Chick Trick to change the color of my lipstick: it pulls pink colors into coral and corally ones into pink. When paired with Morange it creates a lovely coral, when paired with Pink Pidgeon, that one looks less blueish.

MAC Silly vs Candy Yum Yum

The MAC lipstick Silly (matte), here shown on top, is a light pink with some white in. It’s not quite as blue as Candy Yum Yum, here shown underneath. A post comparing the two can be found here.

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Swatch: Candy Yum Yum (top), underneath Silly. Note that Flamingo Park includes another lipstick called Be Silly, that one is a different color (but still pink, haha). So be careful when ordering so you get the right color.

Silly is a lovely pink. I wear it more often than Candy Yum Yum. It’s certainly a Barbie sort of color and bright. Being matte, it does not need a lip liner, but when I use one, I like Rosy Rim, which softens the color a little. For a brighter look I would use the liner Candy Yum Yum, but then the color difference to the Candy Yum Yum lipstick gets even smaller (it would still be a little less blue).

So if you missed those two items and really wanted them, Flamingo Park is your chance.

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil He Said, She Said

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil He Said, She Said

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This Pro Longwear Lip Pencil by MAC is called He Said, She Said and it is part of the current Vamplified LE, which consists of lip glosses and lip pencils. It is a very pretty brownish burgundy color.

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Swatch made in the shade. Apart from being a beautiful shade, what makes this lip liner so interesting?

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This: again, the swatch of He Said, She Said and underneath a swatch of the Viva Glam I lipstick (review upcoming). They match perfectly. So if anyone has been looking for a lip liner to Viva Glam I, this is it!

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Same swatches, this time in direct sunlight.

I so love the color. I have been wearing this combo a lot more than I expected to, to be honest. It’s going to be my fall transition color. 😀 More waffling on the color in the upcoming Viva Glam I post.

While my preferred lip liners are the regular ones (because I find them easier to sharpen), the Pro Longwear do last forever and they do not creep into fine lines or bleed out.

So, I am still not done with showing you my MAC lip hauls, I hope you guys like seeing MAC… there’s more to come – next week. I am currently going for a Mo-Wed-Fri schedule, how do you like it? Should I keep it?

MAC Heroine

MAC Heroine

Hello everybody! I promise this blog is not dead, but we’re having a terrible heat wave and I find it hard to formulate sentences. So I can’t say when I’ll be back for regular posts, but today I have a famous MAC lippie for you: Heroine!

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Heroine (matte) is a straight up purple, but maybe a tad less blue than it looks here. It used to be LE, then it was added to the regular line. Then it was included in the Matte Lip Collection, but all lipsticks in that one are now permanent, too.

Heroine Swatches

Swatch of Heroine (lipstick) and underneath Heroine (lip liner). They are not identical, to my surprise. The liner pulls more reddish. Still, on the lips I can’t tell the difference. They are close enough for my taste. However, if you wish to get Heroine more blue-toned, you should get a liner with more blue in.

Heroine Comparisons

Then I put on the purple Astor lip color butter, and the sheer Kiko lipstick. I still think Kiko has the same color as the Heroine lipstick, but as you can see, sheer and shiny. I could also layer it on top of Heroine if I wanted to change the matte finish. 🙂

The true beauty of Heroine, apart from the color, is the wear. I once asked someone at a MAC store at seven or eight pm what lipstick they were wearing and they said ‘Heroine, but I applied it in the morning and had no time to reapply; it probably looks horrible!’ and I found myself thinking, no it looks amazing. Purple is farther from a natural lip color than a pink lippie. So when it wears off, it can look patchy. But firstly Heroine doesn’t wear off for quite a while. I get five hours of almost spotless wear time, including a meal. And then it wears off, and this is when the magic happens for me. When it wears off, it looks even better? In a cyber punk sort of way? It wears off evenly for me (win!) and the fading makes it look so effortlessly. What do you mean I wear a weird lipstick color? I was born this way! 😉

I don’t know if I’m making any sense (sorry), but gosh darn, do I love this lipstick, even if I’m late to the hype party.

Take care y’all and don’t forget the sun protection!

Most used Makeup April & May 2015

Most used Makeup April & May 2015

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Took a while, but here are the makeup items I used the most in the two previous months. They’re not exactly my favorites, since sometimes you love an item very, very much and then it turns out you barely used it. And sometimes you don’t even notice a thing, but reach for it again and again.

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So these are the makeup items I used more than any others:

1. Guerlain Crazy Terracotta: as an orange toned blush/bronzer. It looks innocent here, but it really ends up being mostly coral, not bronzy. I don’t understand how it still looks new after I had and used t for many months. Guerlain magic.

2. Lip liners MAC Fruit Cocktail and Rosy Rim: Rosy Rim goes with almost everything, so it saw a lot of use. Fruit Cocktail is for orange and coral lips.

3. Lipstick MAC Morange: used on its own or with Fruit Cocktail. Honestly, when I bought it I thought I wasn’t going to use it much. Then I had a massive orange phase. XD

4. Eyeliner: Chanel Orchidee. So summery. So lovely.

5. Mascara: Chanel Le Volume Khaki Bronze: My mascara staple. Perfect for subtle definition of my naturally blonde lashes. Sadly, it’s on its last legs and was limited edition. 😦 You’ll see it in a used up post soon.

6. Maybelline the Nudes: I succumbed and bought a nude palette. Review upcoming. Reason it landed in my “most used” is that I had to try all the shades before reviewing it. But (like any nude palette) it is also very useful for a quick and subtle eye look, so I wore it to work pretty much every day.

7. alverde Schimmerfluid Meeresglanz: a highlighter from a past alverde summer collection. Gives a lovely subtle golden shimmer, not sparkly at all. Pity it isn’t permanent.

MAC Lipliner Chick Trick and Fruit Cocktail

MAC Lipliner Chick Trick and Fruit Cocktail

I had a bit of a lip liner craze this spring… these are the last two I bought a couple weeks ago.

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These are MAC Chick Trick and Fruit Cocktail.

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I was so eager to use them that I didn’t manage to snap pics before I used them, whoopsie. (Usually I take the pics right after the purchase, then test things out and then I write about them. With these I got home and was like ‘must use on lips nao!’)

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Swatches, I apologize for switching the order around. On top you see Fruit Cocktail, on bottom Chick Trick.

Fruit Cocktail is a soft orange/coral, not quite as neon orange as Morange (but it works very well with Morange). In this swatch it looks a tad darker than it is. It is creamy and strongly pigmented. It helps creamy lipsticks to stay on better. It goes with pretty much every lipstick that has orange tones. It’s not so easy to find orangey liners, so I am glad I found this one.

Chick Trick is a yellow toned strong pink. It is harder than Fruit Cocktail; you can see in the swatch that it doesn’t apply as smoothly. However, I didn’t have any application problems on my lips. Chick Trick is the liner I use when I want something without any blue undertones. It goes perfectly with Viva Glam Miley Cyrus, although the color gets almost scarily intense that way. It can also be used with corals to pull them more pink. I have also used it with Morange, it ends up a lovely coral that way.

MAC lip liners are so far my absolute favs because no matter how long I wear them they do not crawl into fine lines. Generally I apply lip liner all over the lips. It helps me find the right outline and it helps the lipstick to stick on. Lip liners are drying though, so a base is important.

 

MAC Lip Liner Rosy Rim and Ruby Woo

MAC Lip Liner Rosy Rim and Ruby Woo

I continue my love affair wih liners by further going through MAC‘s liner lineup. They have recently expanded their range with new liners, including matching liners to Candy Yum Yum and Heroine, which I already showed you here. There’s also one for the iconic Ruby Woo. To be honest, I don’t have the Ruby Woo lipstick (yet). But I figured the liner would be a good investition regardless. Then I also picked up Rosy Rim, a soft nude-ish pink.

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top Rosy Rim, bottom Ruby Woo.

Rosy Rim Ruby Woo

On to swatches:

Swatch Rosy Rim

First some squiggly lines. Again, top is Rosy Rim and bottom Ruby Woo.

Rosy Rim is about the lightest I’m usually willing to go on my lips. MAC has lots of liners and lipsticks that are paler than this, but Rosy Rim is my perfect ‘light, but not too light’ color. I use it alone or with lipsticks of all sorts of colors. Rosy Rim can calm down a crazy color (like Morange) or be paired with a nude. Since Rosy Rim has peachy undertones it goes best with lipsticks that also have a peachy side.

Ruby Woo is a slightly blue-toned red. It has less blue tones than my other red liners; I bought it to pair it with the more neutral reds. I admit I had hoped it would match perfectly to L’Oreal Liya, but while I can totally wear them together, they don’t match exactly. So, sadly Liya is not a dupe for the Ruby Woo lipstick! (Ruby Woo having more blue than Liya, which seems to be a true red.)

More swatches:

Liner Swatches Ruby Woo

Left is Rosy Rim again, however the swatch above is much more true to color. The reds must have influenced the contrast. Then Ruby Woo, and next to Ruby Woo is MAC Pro Longwear lip pencil Trust in Red. You can see Trust has more blue tones than Ruby Woo, even if Ruby Woo is still on the blue red side. Depending on the light (and the lipstick it’s paired with) Trust in Red is more or less raspberry red.

I love the regular MAC lip liners, they are long lasting and don’t bleed. They do help the lipstick stay and I have found that application of a strong color is simply less messy if I color in with a liner first. I always use liner on the whole lip.

Rosy Rim and Ruby Woo can be found in the regular MAC lineup; they are not limited. They may be out of stock (I’ve wanted Ruby Woo ever since they came out and only got one now) but they’ll be restocked!

Next I want Chick Trick and Fruit Cocktail, and maybe Soar. Honestly I could just take the whole lineup.

Silly (MAC is Beauty) vs Candy Yum Yum (+ some liners)

Silly (MAC is Beauty) vs Candy Yum Yum (+ some liners)

So I recently bought two MAC lipsticks that are somewhat close in color and finish, Silly (matte) and Candy Yum Yum (matte). I also got some liners, so here’s the swatch & review post. 🙂

MAC Silly vs Candy Yum Yum

The lipsticks: On top is Silly and underneath Candy Yum Yum. Candy Yum Yum leans more into blue than Silly. Both are bright neon pinks.

Silly is LE from the MAC is Beauty Collection. We all know how it is with limited MAC items, sometimes they are hard to get, sometimes it’s okay. The MAC is Beauty seemed pretty okay in that regard, except right when I placed my order Silly seemed to have sold out. So I got Candy Yum Yum as consolation, except then both orders went through. XD So I am glad they are different enough. Candy Yum Yum is a permanent item now, in theory you can buy it anytime. Except it is a well liked color and frequently sold out. But they always get it in stock again, so no worries.

Candy Yum Yum Silly

Swatches! I’m sorry for switching the order around, but on top you can see the blueish Candy Yum Yum and underneath Silly. Candy Yum Yum is not that dissimilar to Chanel La Diva, which was LE I think. La Diva is even bluer than Candy Yum Yum, but if you missed La Diva, this one is worth checking out.

Both lipsticks are matte finish, for MAC lipsticks this means they’re gonna last about forever, but they are drying and they will catch on any dry parts upon application. So preparation is key. I have found the MAC lip primer works well with matte lipsticks. When worn without primer, both have a tendency to crawl into fine lines, but because of the color it’s only noticable if you look very closely.

Freshly applied, both are very neon and sorta scary. The absolute beauty, I have found, lies in the wear. You know, I can eat and drink and they do wear down, but somehow they look even better when they’re a little lived in. They wear off evenly and so I don’t have to worry about looking stupid when going out for dinner and I don’t have to necessarily reapply either (although I probably will, on the inside, just to be sure XD).

So huge recommendation for both lipsticks for everyone who can deal with matte and neon. 😀

MAC Liner points

The liners! Does that pic make you feel like school, because it does for me!

MAC Liner

The first one isn’t really a lip liner, it’s a multi-purpose Chromagraphic Pencil in NC15/NW20. This was part of MAC is Beauty but Chromagraphic pencils are always available as PRO items (in PRO stores and MAC onlineshops). I so love the two I have, creamy to apply and super long lasting. So I decided to pick this one up, mostly for the waterline, but maybe also for spot concealing and to highlight the cupid’s bow.

The two lip pencils are Candy Yum Yum and Heroine. These pencils and some others were added to the regular lineup a while ago, these are new, but not limited.

MAC Liner Swatches

Squiggly liner swatches. You can see the Chromagraphic is a lot creamier and goes on thicker. Perfect for the waterline. The darker liner is the purple Heroine, the lighter one is the pink Candy Yum Yum.

Haul Swatches

Collective swatches in direct sunlight: NC15/NW20, Heroine, Candy Yum Yum pencils, Candy Yum Yum lipstick, Silly lipstick and then again Candy Yum Yum pencil and Heroine pencil. The Candy Yum Yums match up perfectly, but I think I can also use the pencil with Silly.

Of course you don’t really need a lip pencil with matte lipsticks, they don’t bleed and have great staying power on their own. But I always find it easier to apply lipsticks when I did liner first; I have more control of the look.

Finally, one more swatch:

Haul Swatches 2

The same swatches as before, Candy Yum Yum on top, then Silly and vertically I applied Viva Glam Miley Cyrus (amplified). In comparison you can see how matte the others are, but you can also see the color is not that far off from Silly. So if you wanted Silly and couldn’t get it, you can go for Miley, which should be available for a while.

And this was my swatch post for my recent haul! Thank you for reading; I hope it was helpful.

Woman Day Haul

Woman Day Haul

Woman Day happens twice a year in Austria and it means 20% off everything, so now there’s a haul to show.

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First, the freebies. Who doesn’t love freebies. I got samples of Lacoste Pur Femme EdP and the brand new Guerlain L’Homme Ideal Cologne (which comes in the concentration of EdT, this is not confusing at all!). The first luxury sample is Lancaster Total Age Correction Mask Cream. I guess this is the sort of thick cream you slather on at night and don’t have to take of anymore? Looking at the very long ingredients list I spot a few things that are probably antioxidants, so it’s gonna be a nourishing repair mask. Although Alcohol is very far up in the list, which is not so good.

Then there’s two cute perfume minis: Acqua Colonia Lime & Nutmeg (EdC) and Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Ma Robe Petales (EdT). Man, I love perfume minis. Reviews and pics will come later.

On to what I actually bought:

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A look into the package of shame. It’s very heavy on MAC.

Haul 1

The items: Two Zoeva brushes, because I wanted more face brushes and didn’t feel like spending a ton of money. The brushes are 102 Silk Finish (the duo fibre one on top) and 126 Luxe Cheek Finish (the white one).

Urban Decay Sin 1

I also ordered another Urban Decay eye primer, Sin. I love the Original so much and I like the current packaging so I ordered Sin before they replace the packaging.

Urban Decay Sin 2

Tube packaging with nozzle and no applicator. The new packaging will come with doe foot applicator again.

MAC Haul

And this is it, the great and slightly confused MAC haul. Confused because I had a mental list of things I wanted, but lots of things were sold out and I thought I wouldn’t get the limited edition Silly lipstick so I got Candy Yum Yum and now I have both. XD

So I got the Chromagraphic Pencil in NC15/NW20, the lip pencils Heroine and Candy Yum Yum and the lipsticks Silly and Candy Yum Yum. Product pics and swatches will be up with the reviews, hopefully tomorrow or the day after. 🙂

Looking at the packagings right now I see that the lipsticks are made in Canada, the Chromagraphic Pencil in Italy, but the liners are produced in Germany. A truly international haul.

If you made it here you deserve a cookie. Is there anything you want reviewed ASAP?

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Most Used Makeup Items February & March 2015

Most Used Makeup Items February & March 2015

After finishing my series of seasonal favorites I thought I’d make a bimonthly series showing the items I reached for the most, excluding base products. Because even when I think a particular lipstick is my favorite, I find I’m not wearing it as often as others. So this is not a ‘favorites’ post, it’s a tally of ‘most reached for’. 🙂

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And these are the makeup heroes of the last two months.

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MAC Brow Set in Beguile: This has completely replaced my routine of brow powder and wax. Review upcoming; I was just so busy using it that it took me forever to take pics. From now on this counts as a base product staple!

Lipstick in front is L’Oreal Blake’s Red.

The powder in the back is MAC Powder Blush in Easy Manner. I use this so much and it’s not even dented!

The pencil is MAC Chromagraphic in Process Magenta. I’ve been using this as a lip liner for various bright pink lipsticks. I think it’s funny that a pink liner and a red lipstick made it into the list, but I used Blake without and with varying liners and I somehow never used the same pink lipstick…

The lipstick on top is actually a lip balm, Lancome Baume in Love A la folie, cherry. It goes on almost transparent and as such is very wearable.

Last one is a MAC Paintpot in the universal color Painterly. I used this sometimes as base underneath other shadows but often on its own for a bare look. I have two paintpots and I think I never talked about them before. Reason is that I never used them as they crease terribly. I’m always awed when people say, oh I use a paintpot as my makeup base, it holds forever. On me it holds about one hour. However, since I have the wonderful Primer Potion by Urban Decay (not pictured, because total base staple) now, the paintpots stay in place and almost don’t crease! Huzzah! So I went from never using Painterly to using it lots. Thank you, Urban Decay!

So these were the products I used the most the last two months. Do you keep track of what you use?