Last week I told you all why I adore my MAC x15 palette and why it may actually be a better value than some of the other pre-made palettes on the market. This week I thought I’d share with you swatches and an overview of all of the shades that I love so much. Continue reading
Since it was Valentine’s Day I thought it would be fun to get all gussied up–I love doing my makeup for special occasions! Mr. T had the plans for the day under strict lock and key, so I decided to just do my makeup however I darn well pleased, and I ended up creating a slightly smoky, grayed purple look using NARS’ duo in Charade, and my MAC x15 Palette on top of Laura Mercier’s Caviar Eye Stick in Amethyst. For cheeks I used NARS’ Orgasm for a peachy sheen, and I used Tarte’s Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Tulip to finish off the lips. I decided to go with a balmy formula for the lips because it was low-maintenance and I knew I’d be out and about doing something, not that I was sure exactly what, all day.
With countless, yes, literally countless, neutral palettes on the market, you might end up asking yourself why anyone would bother making their own MAC x15 eyeshadow palette, when there are numerous cheaper options on the market. There are of course the Naked palettes, the Lorac PROs, the Stilla palettes, and so on that all retail for about $40-55 and all claim to offer a terrific value, whereas a completed MAC x15 palette will run you $160. Yes, you read that right. One hundred and sixty dollars. Despite the large difference in price, I am going to explain my perspective on why a MAC palette may be a better value for you.
My MAC x15 Palette
Hello, everyone! I hope your weekend has treated you well. I took a much needed day for myself on Saturday, and did next to nothing. I had my first full week of teaching 6 classes a day, this past week, so I was pretty exhausted. I took my opportunity on Saturday to sleep, sleep, sleep, and, well, sleep some more! I did, however, manage to sneak in a trip to MAC, amongst all of my napping, as well as a relaxing drive past all of the waterfalls in the Gorge :) The weather here has been pretty rainy in this past week, which has been perfect for a lazy day of getting caught up on reading blog posts and watching YouTube videos. Here’s some posts that I loved:
- Jaa from HelloJaa makes my heart pitter-pat with an overview of her entire MAC eyeshadow collection.
- Melissa from Kiss & Makeup shows a handy, compact touch up kit from Bobbi Brown that will be of use in any makeup situation!
- Agata from Her and Makeup shares her trick for a quick pop of color that is sure to brighten any look.
- Erin from Clever Girl Reviews shares her gorgeous yet affordable purse find.
- Christine from Temptalia reviews MAC’s Stroke of Midnight Palette, which is full of MAC eyeshadow staples. This palette is definitely at the top of my wishlist right now.
Q: How was your weekend? Did you do anything exciting? Let me know in the comments section below! I’d love to hear from you. :)
After a long period of minimal makeup purchases, the month of January (and early February) saw many makeup purchases. Ulta had a 20% off everything coupon, which is extremely rare for Ulta since they tend to have a million and one exclusions to their coupons, so I took this opportunity to replenish some of my staples that were going to run out within the next few months. Continue reading
I’ve recently started to carry around a makeup bag and, let me tell you, it has really streamlined my getting ready process in the morning. I get up at 6:20 and am on my way to work by 6:40, so I need maximum efficiency in my day to day makeup routine. I have long days where I’m often out of the house for 12 to 14 hours, so having all of my makeup with me on hand has been great for touch ups and refreshing whatever may need to be refreshed. Here’s what I do: In the mornings, I grab my makeup bag (a dinky GWP bag) out of my backpack and then I quickly do my makeup, and, before I go, I return the makeup bag and all of its contents into my backpack. Below you will find all of the products that I keep in my makeup bag. There’s nothing extraneous, which is an important part of cutting down on the time it takes to get ready in the morning.
I could not live without my beloved Lorac POREfection Baked Perfecting Powder. This is my HG of HG’s. I use it as a foundation powder, and it sets concealer really well. The shade range isn’t fantastic for this powder, unfortunately, but if you can find a shade that matches you then I couldn’t recommend this more. To apply my Lorac powder, I use an EcoTools blush brush (I actually despise it for blush), which is ideal for applying powder foundation–I haven’t found anything that works better, yet.
I have three options for concealer with me–I carry the Makeup Forever Full Cover concealer in the lightest shade. I’m not 100% in love with this concealer, but it works and gets the job done. The color is a bit too dark for me, and the packaging for the screw on cap doesn’t hold up fantastically over time. That being said, if I have Mt. Vesuvius on my face, this is what I turn to because it covers better than anything else I own. If I just have a bit of redness to cover than I’ll turn to my newest love, the MAC Mineralize Concealer. I seriously love this stuff. It is the PERFECT shade for me. I always struggle with finding face colors that match my skin and are also in a formula that I enjoy, and this little wonder does both perfectly. I am in the shade NW15 and you would be hard pressed to pick this out on my skin due to the natural looking formula and the stellar color-match. Furthermore, getting 5 or so hours a sleep each night means that I have some pretty apparent under eye circles. I’ve found that the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Brightener concealer is the best solution, for me. It’s relatively inexpensive, and the applicator makes for a quick and precise application. The concealer is pink in tone, so it really helps to cancel out any blue or purple toned under eye circles. The formula also blends out easily with fingers, which is another plus.
For blush I’ve been really loving the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in “Dim Infusion.“ For a while I was really disappointed by this blush. I’m pretty darn pale, yet I couldn’t get it to show up on me. At. All. That is, until I found the perfect brush to use with it. I’ve found that Sonia Kashuk’s large powder brush works like a dream with this blush, and I end up with a luminous, warm flush to the cheeks and it is nearly impossible to mess up. For my brows I have been enjoying Benefit’s Gimme Brow. This has been a true surprise of a product for me to love, because I have despised everything else I’ve tried from the brand, save for their BADgal Lash Mascara. This brow gel gives full, natural color in seconds and if I get a bit too much, then I have an extra spoolie/angled brow brush to instantly clean it up. Finally, to finish off my look, I have been obsessed with Tarte’s LipSurgence in “Moody,” which is such a gorgeous berry shade. After the initial balmy finish wears off, the lips are still left with a beautiful berry stain that looks so naturally perfect. I can see myself going through this color within a couple months.
So now that you know what I keep in my makeup bag, here is my general routine:
1. Face concealing — Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer or MAC Mineralize Concealer
2. Under eye concealing — Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Brightener
3. Powder — Lorac POREfection Baked Perfecting Powder
4. Brows — Benefit Gimme Brow
5. Blush — Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in “Dim Infusion”
6. Lips — Tarte LipSurgence in “Moody”
I’m typically able to get this all done in less than 4 minutes.
Q: What are your tips for getting ready in a hurry? Let me know in the comments section below! I’d love to hear from you. :)
Q: Have you ever dealt with milia? If so, how did you get rid of them? Let me know in the comments section below! I’d love to hear from you. :)
My answer: I have! About a month and a half ago, I tried a new eye cream and then two days later I noticed that three tiny bumps had formed on the inner corner of my eyelid. Stubborn little things…I tried everything to get rid of them, but nothing worked! I figured that they might disappear over time. If not, I already had a yearly checkup scheduled with my doctor later in the month and I could ask her about how to get rid of them. Well, they didn’t dissipate on their own, so I brought it up to her and she identified them as milia, which are caused by the skin’s natural exfoliation process failing in that area. My doctor said that there wasn’t much I could do to prevent them coming back, and that they might go away on their own, but it usually takes months. I opted to have her remove them on the spot, and the removal process was very quick and hurt less than getting a flu shot.
Q: Have you ever worn vampy lips? What do you think of them? Let me know in the comments section below! I’d love to hear from you. :)
My answer: Vampy lips are one of my favorite things to wear…at home! I absolutely love the way vampy, dark colors contrast against my skin tone, but I’m not brave enough to wear it out in public, quite yet. I live in a very outdoorsy part of Oregon, and visible makeup is usually frowned upon or even questioned (by strangers!), so the thought of wearing something this bold out in public is a little daunting to me.
As the new year is right around the corner, it is natural to start thinking about ways to better ourselves, changes we can (should?) make, and so on. I’ve never been much of a person to make New Year’s resolutions. Rather, I tend to focus more on general growth, whether it be big or small.
For this installment of my “Best of 2014″ series, I wanted to share with you my most reached for lip products of the year. Now, to be honest, I wouldn’t give all of these products A-ratings, but I seriously love each and every one of them–they just work for me and I hope that some of them will work for you, too!