My First MAC Eyeshadows

Can you believe that as a makeup junkie I have reached my late 20s without ever trying or owning a MAC eyeshadow?!

It’s quite shocking of course, but that problem has been rectified by my seemingly impossible-to-stop impulse to buy. To be fair, I did have a gift card so I didn’t pay a cent for these things – however, what did I say about buying less things this year? Oops. What precipitated this sudden desire, however, was a combination of things. In my previous post I mentioned a Tarte eyeshadow I bought but didn’t end up liking, but I ended up fixating buying copper eyeshadow, which I don’t really own, despite the myriad neutral colours in my collection. At the time, MAC was also having a bit of a sale, 25% off the entire store for joining their Select program – so really the stars were aligned.

The main colour I meant to have was Amber Lights (3rd from left swatch), which is a lovely warm copper shade that is quite popular ’round the interwebs. It’s metallic and because it’s a bit darker than my skin tone and I’m boring, I like to feather this on the outside of my eyelid on top of a gold. At this point, I decided I was going to make a quad that didn’t actually need to be cohesive as a foursome but just get colours I was either missing from my collection, or I plain liked. Naked Lunch (first swatch), the palest of the four, is really great as an inner corner/browbone highlight or even lightly swept all over the lid. And Expensive Pink (2nd from left) is definitely the most unique shade I have – a straight up salmon colour with gold sparkle, so it can look different under different lighting. To complete the quad I went with Woodwinked, which is another popular shade, for good reason. I can mash some of this into my crease, or use it all over the lid.

All four are metallic and neutral for the most part, and I’m enjoying the way they apply and wear. Definitely not the softest or most buttery eyeshadows I’ve tried, but they’re solid for only $8 each, plus with a discount and gift card, I’m not in a position to complain. I’m looking forward to adding more MAC eyeshadows to my stash.

What are your favourite MAC eyeshadows and have you tried any of these four?


The Collective Autumn/Winter Haul

Ahh, fall. It’s the time of year when there are sales and deals galore. Parts of this post are a bit late due to the annual Sephora 20% off sale being over a month ago, but there were so many other beauty bits I bought in November/early December that I figured I’d cram them all into one post.

Of course the biggest deal of them all is the Sephora VIB sale – everyone knows about it by now and we all eagerly anticipate it, making lists weeks in advance and sussing out the best items to buy during this time. You’ll know by now that 2016 was supposed to be a year of purging and buying only what was necessary for me, so I didn’t go as crazy at Sephora as I could have this year. I only bought items I was running out of and really needed. First up is the Estee Lauder Clear Difference Advanced Blemish Serum, which I’ve been dying to try for ages now but was always sold out. I use this in the mornings and so far it’s been working out decently well. It’s got a thicker, creamy consistency that I like for cold weather days as it’s not too drying. I had also run out of eye cream months ago and was surviving off samples, so I finally picked up the Ole Henriksen Fresh Start Eye Cream, which comes in a giant 1 oz pot, and I use morning and night. It’s a good, solid eye cream that I had used about 4 years ago, but decided to go back to. I’m always needing a makeup remover, and I decided to buy another bottle of the Sephora Collection Supreme Cleansing Oil, which works a real treat in removing everything from your face. Lastly, the one item I bought as a treat to myself was the Tarte Tarteist Metallic Shadow in Scandal, which is described as a ‘bright copper’. I am actually going to return this as the colour ended up being much darker and rustier than I thought – silly me for not looking up skin swatches first. I also redeemed several hundred points for various gifts, including this one, as I’ve wanted to try the cleanser in there for a while.

A few weeks later, Shoppers Drug Mart had an epic Spend Your Points event, whereby the points that you collect are suddenly worth more $-wise for one weekend. I needed a night-time serum as well, having run out of that, and first on my list was the Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector, which I haven’t used long enough to see any changes in my skin, but hasn’t done anything bad so far. I was also out of daytime moisturizer, so I picked up the Bioderma Sebium Shine-Control Moisturizer. I’ve always been curious about Bioderma’s other products and this one looked good, and reasonably priced (around $20) to me. I will say that in these colder months I might use it more as a primer rather than a moisturizer. I also snagged a Benefit Gimme Brow in the shade 5, which is a brow gel I have always wanted to try but could never justify spending $30 on. But since I got it for free…

Shortly after the Shoppers haul, Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals were all over the place. In the last few years some of the deals have managed to make their way north of the border, despite the fact that we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in November. Either way, I was very excited and feeling entirely too spendy, so I went to the Tarte website, where they were selling all of their foundations for $25. I couldn’t resist, so I picked up an Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation in the shade Light-Medium Neutral, which normally retails for $47, so was basically 50% off. I have been dying to try this foundation, as it has gotten rave reviews not only on the internet, but from friends of mine. The rest of the Tarte site also had 25% off at the time and to get free shipping I had to spend $75, so naturally I picked up the matching Airbuki Brush and my holy grail Colored Clay CC Undereye Corrector in Light-Medium. I have to say that after I ran out of my first one and decided to replace it with a cheaper alternative, it’s just not the same! So I am happy to have the Tarte corrector back in my life. They also included a free concealer brush in the order, which is a great size for travelling.

Lastly, because Sephora is all knowing and somewhat evil (not really), they sent out a $25 off $50 coupon for everyone who reached VIB Rouge by a certain date. That’s half off, so of course me and my lack of self-control couldn’t resist. I popped into my local store and picked up the Fresh Umbrian Clay Oil-Free Lotion. I’ve always wanted to try more products from the Umbrian Clay range since I love the treatment bar so much. It’s also $50 on the dot so I got exactly 50% off. I was also in luck since when I went to pay they had as a 100-point perk a mini of the Sunday Riley Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner, which a co-worker of mine has been raving about, but I couldn’t justify spending $69 on to try. I will be giving this a good go over the Christmas season to see if it really makes a difference in my skin.

Whew – that’s a lot of stuff and hopefully I won’t be buying too many things any time soon. What did you pick up in the recent sales, and what is your favourite item?

Easy Peasy Gold Eyes and Berry Lips

I am all about convenience and quickness when it comes to makeup. Monday to Friday, when I head to work, I somehow manage to cram in a full face of makeup in 10 minutes, but on the weekends when I’m popping out to see friends or run errands, I like to take that all down a notch, let my skin breathe a bit, and just generally not spend that much time on my face.

One of the biggest trends that always seems to surface around this time of year is the gold eye and berry lip, which is both a great festive look and fun way switch up your products with the colder weather. I personally love the trend and have written entire posts dedicated to just gold eyes or berry lips. But as I said, on the weekends, I prefer to keep things simple, so after dabbing on a bit of concealer, I like to use just a quick swipe of my favourite gold cream shadow, the extremely affordable and long-wearing ELF Smudge Pot in Back to Basics, which is just great and I’ve been obsessed with recently. It’s the perfect gold for this time of year as it’s slightly darker and gives a real warmth to the lids without being too yellow. For the lips, proper dark berry colours can sometimes be hard to work with because it needs to be so precise. But for an easier application and similar effect, I love the Revlon Lip Butter in Sugar Plum. Berry Smoothie works as well, as I’ve just discovered that Sugar Plum was discontinued!

Lastly, it seems that I’ve grown very used to putting some kind of tinted brow gel on everyday before leaving the house to frame my face. The latest one I’ve been trying is the NYX Tinted Brow Mascara in Espresso, which I like but I find a tad warm. A couple swipes of black mascara and then you’re pretty much ready to rock the gold/berry look.

What is your favourite winter makeup look and what products do you use for it?

NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

Ah, liquid lipsticks – they’ve exploded into every single makeup brand and become a mainstay of people’s daily routines throughout 2016. As someone who has slowly been trying to incorporate more lip colour in her life, I’ve never been overly enamored of liquid lipsticks, having tried out a couple OG formulas from back in the day, and found them far too drying.

Since NYX has dropped into the Canadian market properly in the last year, I’ve been picking up various bits and pieces from the line and one product I’ve managed to acquire a few of are the Soft Matte Lip Creams, which have been raved about for ages. And for good reason – they’re light and creamy, sort of a mousse texture, and doesn’t feel like anything at all on the lips. They’re also not as drying as other formulas – I don’t believe there’s such thing as a matte liquid lipstick that doesn’t dry out the lips, but I tend to pat a tiny bit of lip balm prior to application, and it works a treat by the end of the day.

The four that I’ve got have fast become some of my favourite lip colours to wear regardless of the season. I have (L-R above): Prague, which is a muted medium berry that’s perfect year round but especially in the fall, Sao Paolo, which is a rosy pink and compliments basically every skin tone, Ibiza, a darker coral that I like to wear in the summer, and my newest shade, Addis Ababa, which is a bright fuchsia. It’s tempting to collect them all as they’re so affordable and great. The range of colours is also giant – it ranges from the palest nudes, to the deepest reds and has loads of unconventional colours for those of us who are more adventurous.

Have you tried the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, and what are your favourite colours?