Tuesday, 29 September 2015

MAC Waterproof Foundation + Upward Lash Mascara Review

Review & First Impressions... 

MAC Cosmetics have recently added this Waterproof formula to their Pro Longwear collection.
Oil-Free & Hydrating, giving your skin a nourishing Medium to Full coverage, satin finish.
As a bonus, this foundation has added antioxidants & skin-repairing ingredients,
Caffine, Lecithin & Sodium-hyaluronate, provides instant & long-term hydration.
Available in 16 shades from nc/nw 15-50
$33 USD for 25ml product

Also new to MAC Cosmetics is the Upward Lash Mascara
A flake-proof & smudge-proof mascara that creates Volume, Length & Curl in seconds
The special moulded mini brush curls & pushes up the most horizontal hairs. 
at the same time reaching the base of the littlest lashes!
$22 USD for 12g product

First, lets start with the foundation...
Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation
Claims to be Medium to Full coverage with a satin finish that lasts up to 24hours
I can't say I've tested this over a 24hour period, but it definitely lasts throughout 
a work day & it didn't need touching up for hours! Even then I would just lightly
 powder around my nose & forehead if I looked oily.
Coverage? I don't know if it's Medium to Full coverage with the first application.. 
It gives the skin a sheer to medium coverage while blurring any imperfections thanks to the pigmentation of this product, but it is definitely buildable to a flawless full coverage!
It does have a beautiful natural, satin finish, not super dewy or matte 
Once applied it leaves the skin feeling slightly tacky & has the consistency of a light sunscreen
I do recommend setting this foundation with a powder!
Waterproof? This claim is a bit overstated..More Water Resistant
This won't necessarily last through a swim in the pool or at the beach,
but it will withstand tears, rain, humidity & sweating, 
while most other foundations will break up & streak in these conditions.
The only downfall is this foundation contains 25ml of product, 
5ml less than most other foundations for $30+
I like a buildable foundation so you can customise & get your preferred finish,
but if it contains less product & costs around the same, I would prefer to have a
fuller coverage that doesn't require using more product to build

Here is the packaging, very simple & nothing flashy
It's in a plastic, squeeze tube & that helps to control the amount of product you use.
As you can see above, the texture is lightly runny.
I purchased NC15 (I'm normally NC20, I will use this in the rainy/winter months)
And as always, I applied one side with a Beauty Blender & the other with a Flat Top brush

Beauty Blender: 
The only difference that noticed using the Blender was it soaked up more of the product, giving a less tacky feel & a lighter finish

Flat Top Brush:
I got a fuller coverage using the Kabuki Brush but I found it slightly harder to blend out..
I noticed it lasted longer throughout the day on the brush side.

NEXT Lets talk about the New Mascara!
Upward Lash Mascara
This is a product I'm excited to tell you about!
I've never tried a MAC mascara & haven't really heard much about them
but this one caught my eye mainly because of the packaging!
It looks like a longer MAC Lipstick in the black tube & bullet shaped lid
This product claims to be smudge & flake proof while creating Volume, Length & Curl in seconds
I has a special moulded brush with a hollow centre that holds mascara for instant lash building
The small rubberised bristles are perfect for coating each & every lash from base to tip.
I found the hollowed centre retained a lot of product. which made it hard to apply at first
It clumped up & took longer to dry because of the extra product on the brush..
It takes a little longer to separate the lashes on the first eye you apply too, there's no need to dip back
in the tube for the second eye..
Above is a close-up of the brush & bristles & a comparison in size next to a MAC lipstick.
I really love the effect this mascara gives! It reminds me of my fave Benefit Rollerlash
Both designed to lift & curl the lashes naturally, I think the Upward Lash brush works better at getting the base of the lashes lifting them & making them look super long!
I didn't experience flaking but it did smudge slightly under my eyes throughout the day..
For $22 USD you are receiving 12g (0.42oz) of product 
That's a decent amount of product for the price considering most mascaras range
 from $20-35 in US & give approx 9-10g (0.30oz) of product

Just for shade reference of the foundation
Available in 16 shades 
NC 15/ NW 15
NC 20/ NW 20
NC 25/ NW 25
NC 30/ NW 30
NC 35/ NW 35
NC 42/ NW 40
NC 45/ NW 45
NC 50/ NW 50

Comment if you have any questions!
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LucyLoves! xx

Monday, 14 September 2015

Too Faced + Vegas Nay Star Dust

Review & Swatches!

"Too Faced Cosmetics & Instagram superstar @Vegas_Nay have teamed up
for the perfect hashtag-worthy collaboration: 
an exclusive 12 shadow palette, a glittering Glamour Dust, 
deluxe size of best selling Shadow Insurance & Better Than Sex Mascara, 
and six original looks created by the social media sensation herself!"
This is a Limited Edition set exclusive to Ulta Beauty
With an amazing Price of $45usd (value $192!)
I've been following Naomi (@Vegas_nay) since I started my Instagram, she's such a inspiration!
I was so excited to get my hands on this baby the second it was available!
Swatches below!

 First let me talk about the presentation & attention to detail that never lacks with Too Faced!
Are you serious Too Faced, could you get any cuter?!
This Palette arrives in a chunky Pink cardboard box with a magnetic flap 
The box parts in the centre & opens like a book, displaying shots of Naomi & her Instagram work.
Each side opens at the top, with the palette in one side & the extra goodies in the other.
Too Faced continues to have the most amazing, creative products 
on the market with the cutest packaging!
The palette also opens like a little book, displaying the 12 shadows
3 Matte, 4 Satin, 5 Shimmer
All new colours & exclusive to this palette!
Highly pigmented, not what I would call buttery shadows, 
they have the same texture & colour pay off as typical Too Faced shadows, 
like the Chocolate Bar palette for example, blends out like a dream!
And the extras, all Deluxe Samples - Shadow Insurance, a anti-crease eyeshadow primer, 
Better Than Sex Mascara, one of my fave mascaras for long voluminous lashes 
And the glittering Glamour Dust, this is essentially a loose pigment for the eyes, 
 a stunning pale champagne gold shade. I love this in the inner corner!

Chandelier Sheen Cream/White

Millennial Matte Warm Caramel,

Girls Night Matte Warm Brown,

#selfie Shimmery Champagne,

Showgirl Metallic Copper Bronze.

Jackpot Shimmer Deep Brown

Pink Pearl Satin true Pinky Pearl

The Strip Shimmery Purple Grey

Follow Me Satin Hot Purple

Double Tap Satin Red Brown

Golden Nugget Metallic Gold

Sin City Matte True Black

Chandelier is described as a matte cream  but definitely has a slight sheen,

making it a beautiful highlight shade on the brow bone & inner corner

Millennial is a delicious medium warm caramel with a matte finish,

perfect in the crease as a transition shade for the other, more intense shades.

Girls Night is another warm matte shade, but a deeper more red-toned brown,

I like it in the crease or to deepen up the outer V & lower lashline.

#selfie is a beautiful silvery champagne with slight pearly shimmer,

this is also a perfect highlight shade, more shimmer then Chandelier.

Showgirl is a crazy beautiful, metallic finish, intense bronze shade,

The texture of this colour is so buttery, it applies well with a brush or your fingers

Jackpot is a deep chocolate brown with golden micro glitters

Highly pigmented, but slightly on the chalky side

Pink Pearl is exactly as described, a pearly pink with a sheen finish

The Strip is an interesting mauvey grey shade with intense silver shimmers/glitters

It's quite chunky & doesn't give much colour pay off, try using a wet shadow brush 

Follow Me is a intense blue purple with blue shimmer, this colour was hard to swatch

it doesn't give much pigmentation & can be patchy, once again try a wet shadow brush

Double Tap is a deep red brown, almost matte finish but has very fine violet shimmer

this is quite a dry shadow, probably the reason it comes off matte at first swatch

Golden Nugget holy sh** this is stunning! A metallic/foiled yellow toned Gold!

This has the same texture as Showgirl, buttery & amazing pigmentation

Sin City is a true Black with a Matte finish. No grey, no blue..Black!

The texture is soft & swatches the pigment evenly, not patchy.

(Eye look using Golden Nugget, Millennial & Girls Night)

This is an AMAZING set for the price! $45usd (approx $70nzd)
And would make a great gift for someone getting in to makeup or 
wanting to try some Too Faced products!
Remember this is a Limited Edition palette, so once it's gone!
Still available on Ulta.com & instore Ulta Beauty.

From NZ or Aus? Check out my Blog on how I buy makeup from USA

LucyLoves! xx

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Gerard Cosmetics + MannyMUA "Serenity" Collab

 "Serenity" Hydra Matte Review

 This Gerard Cosmetics Collab with Manny Gutierrez (MannyMUA733)
is pretty exciting, the fact that Manny, one of my fave Youtubers, 
has come this far as to collaborate with such a popular brand,
And be a part of their New Product Release - Hydra Mattes
(Currently available in 3 shades)
"Serenity is a beautiful warm pink, with hints of brown, 
a very comfortable non-drying formula that feels as if there's nothing on your lips."
Named after Mannys childhood inspiration, Sailor Moon -
The Dorky school girl by day, Crime fighting Vixen by night, portrayed a powerful woman.


Where do I start with "Serenity"?
First, this is a new product from Gerard Cosmetics with a "Hydra-Matte" Formula
Opaque & Matte but with a comfortable burst of moisture, making this product ultra long-wearing!
There are currently 3 shades available
- Serenity, Warm Dusty Pink
- Aphrodite, Peachy Nude
- Mercury, Vibrant Orange
And last, check that new packaging! Gerard stepping up in the cosmetic game!
Frosted Glass tube, easy doe-foot applicator, golden lid & hello!?
Gerard Cosmetics has Boxes now?? 

The formula..Hydra-Matte?

This product blew my socks off, it's amazing quality for a liquid lipstick!

It lasts all day, eating, drinking, talking, it's still there!

It's so comfortable to wear for a matte finish, it really does feel like nothing on your lips.

Not Drying what so ever, maybe even slightly tacky to prevent that.

And the colour? Ugh I LOVE
It goes with most makeup looks perfectly with the hints of brown making this a very wearable pink!

♥ Prices:
These retail for $20 usd each but...
Gerard Cosmetics always provide amazing discount codes for us:
I used Mannys code "MANNYMUA" & got 35% off Serenity (was $14!!)
All 3 Hydra Mattes + Free Shipping w/w $38 = "Hydra38"
Lipstick, Gloss & Liquid Lipstick $36 usd = "liptrio"
45% Off + Free Shiping Worldwide = "GCLOVE45"
Keep an eye out on Gerardcosmetics Instagram for discount codes, 
or follow them on Snapchat "gerardcosmetics"

I will definitely be picking up the other two colours as I love a good Nude & bright Oranges!

LucyLoves! xx