MAC Prep+Prime Skin Base

Hello, lovelies!

I received a sample of MAC’s Prep+Prime Skin Base with purchase over the summer, and I was very excited to try a gel lotion primer. This product is a unique lotion that evens out skin redness and discolouration while adding radiance. I replaced my moisturizer and primer with this product to test it and loved the results!

The Packaging

This product is sleek and lightweight. The product is packaged inside a bottle that mimics an aerosol can, however the nozzle functions similar to a pump. It features the MAC logo and contains 30 ml of product. My favourite aspect of the packaging is the multi-coloured shimmering particles on the bottle that results in a glittering effect when the bottle is turned.

The Product

The primer itself is white but has small golden flecks in it. It feels very lightweight and soft when applied to the skin, drying down without feeling sticky. This primer gave my skin a luminous glow underneath my makeup.

How to use it

I like that this product is easy to apply and dries down quickly. To apply, smooth the product over your face after moisturizing. The product can be applied with the fingertips, a brush, or a sponge.

MAC’s Prep+Prime Skin is a unique primer that evens out skin tone, provides a glowing radiance to the complexion, and feels soft to the touch. I enjoyed trying this product as a primer and it is quite unique compared to other primers that I’ve tried! MAC’s Prep+Prime Skin retails for $31 on MAC’s official website.

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REVIEW: MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream

Hello, lovelies!

I recently received a sample of MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream.  I was excited to try a liquid moisturizer that adds luminosity to the skin. I have used this product as a liquid highlighter, and the formula is silky-smooth, luminous and bright.

The Packaging

This product comes in a pearl-coloured tube with a black top. The outside of the tube features the M.A.C. logo. I like that is lightweight and travel-friendly. The packaging colour is reminiscent of the cream contained inside it.

The Product

The cream has a holographic sheen, but it is not glittery. I’ve noticed that the shade ‘Silverlite’ has a slight purple undertone to it, and reflects as a pearly-purple shade when applied to the skin. The cream feels soft and dewy, and it is surprisingly moisturizing when applied. I like that the cream doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin and the sheen stays vibrant throughout the day.

I own the shade Silverlite. M.A.C. Strobe Cream is available in four shades:

Silverlite – Silver pearls

Goldlite – Gold pearls

Peachlite – Peachy pearls

Redlite – Red pearls

How to use it

I adore the versatility of this cream! It can be applied directly to the skin, or mixed with foundation to intensify your skin’s glow. I’ve tried applying it with both a brush and my fingertips, and it applies better with my fingertips.

MAC Strobe Cream is a perfect product to add a subtle shine or highlight to any makeup look! It retails for $40 from MAC Cosmetics official website.

REVIEW: MAC Fix+ Setting Spray

Hello, lovelies!

MAC’s Fix+ is a staple in my daily beauty routine. MAC’s Fix+ is a combination setting spray and primer. I use mostly for setting my makeup but it also gives bare skin a refreshing boost. Sephora recently launched MAC products in-store and on its official website, and I was enticed to write a review of the brand’s beloved Fix+!

The Packaging 

The outer package is a glittery black box. The spray comes in a lightweight bottle. It is clear and capped with a matte black top. The top of the product is slightly indented with a button you press to dispense the product, which can be adjusted to lock or unlock. It displays the MAC logo.

What is it?

This product is a lightweight mist of water that contains vitamins/minerals to sooth and refresh the skin. It gives a boost of hydration while delivering a soft sheen to refresh and finish makeup. It can be used underneath makeup to prep the skin or after makeup to set and lock-in makeup.

How to use it

I hold it a few inches away from my face then spray it on. It can be used alone or to finish makeup. The spray has multiple benefits:

  • Hydrating
  • Soothes and refreshes skin
  • Finishes makeup

It provides my skin with refreshing hydration, but once it dries into my skin it sets my makeup for the entire day. I spray it over my eye/face makeup and it doesn’t budge for hours! I have not experienced any melting makeup after I’ve used the spray. I love how it acts as a double-duty makeup product.

If you’re looking for a new setting spray, or simply a refreshing mist for your skin, I’d definitely recommend MAC Fix+. Last year, MAC released new three new scents as part of the Fix+ line. These scents include Lavender, Coconut, and Rose. Each bottle retails for $31 on MAC’s official website or from Sephora’s official website.

What’s In My Makeup Bag: Winter Edition

Hello, lovelies!

I incorporate products into my makeup routine each winter that are hydrating, pigmented and bright. I love lipstick shades that are bold, eyeshadow that is sparkly, and skincare products that hydrate. Here’s a peek into my winter makeup bag!

MAC Matte Lipstick in Diva

A dark, vampy lipstick shade is a staple in my makeup bag during winter. I adore MAC’s Lipstick in the shade ‘Diva’ because it is a beautiful mulberry-red that pairs effortlessly with a smoky eye or a no-makeup look.

Caudalie Vinosource Serum

I suffer from extra-dry skin each winter. I recently incorporated Caudalie’s Vinosource Serum into my skincare routine to give my skin extra moisture. I apply the serum each morning, and have noticed a dramatic improvement in the level of moisture in my skin!

Tarte Sea Glass Eyeshadow Set

When I think of wintery eyeshadow, the word ‘sparkle’ always comes to mind. This eyeshadow set from Tarte features four lustrous liquid eyeshadow shades that are ultra-reflective. I adore wearing these eyeshadows when I want a makeup look with extra pop!

REVIEW: MAC Prep+Prime Skin Base

Hello, lovelies!

I received a sample of MAC’s Prep+Prime Skin Base with purchase over the summer, and I was very excited to try a gel lotion primer. This product is a unique lotion that evens out skin redness and discolouration while adding radiance. I replaced my moisturizer and primer with this product to test it and loved the results!

The Packaging

This product is sleek and lightweight. The product is packaged inside a bottle that mimics an aerosol can, however the nozzle functions similar to a pump. It features the MAC logo and contains 30 ml of product. My favourite aspect of the packaging is the multi-coloured shimmering particles on the bottle that results in a glittering effect when the bottle is turned.

The Product

The primer itself is white but has small golden flecks in it. It feels very lightweight and soft when applied to the skin, drying down without feeling sticky. This primer gave my skin a luminous glow underneath my makeup.

How to use it

I like that this product is easy to apply and dries down quickly. To apply, smooth the product over your face after moisturizing. The product can be applied with the fingertips, a brush, or a sponge.

MAC’s Prep+Prime Skin is a unique primer that evens out skin tone, provides a glowing radiance to the complexion, and feels soft to the touch. I enjoyed trying this product as a primer and it is quite unique compared to other primers that I’ve tried! MAC’s Prep+Prime Skin retails for $31 on MAC’s official website.

Erin Angela’s Top Beauty Products of Summer 2018

Hello, lovelies!

With another summer coming to a close, I rounded-up my favourite beauty products of the season. Most of the items on my list are new but I did include one product that is a staple in my makeup kit. Keep reading to find out which products I loved this season!

1. Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay released this eyeshadow palette in June and I’ve created an array of colour combinations throughout the summer. This palette contains a variety of matte and shimmer shadows with shades ranging from neutral base shades, to smoky purple, grey and forest-green shades with pops of colour. I enjoyed pairing the shades with bright, nude, and vampy lipstick colours.

2. Tatcha The Deep Cleanse

This cleanser is now a key component of my skincare routine. The gentle gel cleanser contains fruit exfoliants that cleared my breakouts without feeling harsh or grainy on my skin. I’ve tried multiple cleansers this year but Tatcha’s Deep Cleanse is my favourite. I started using this cleanser in June and have noticed a dramatic improvement in my skin’s texture, moisture, and reduced breakouts.

3. MAC Fix+

While this product was actually included in last summer’s beauty product round-up, I re-purchased a new bottle this summer and thought it deserved mention again. MAC Fix+ is my daily setting spray. The spray locked my makeup in-place all day and it definitely withstood the warm weather. I spritzed it into my face every day before work and my makeup remained flawless by the time I was ready to remove it again.

4. Tarte Creaseless Under Eye Concealer

I’ve used this concealer all summer and it covers blemishes without feeling caked on my skin. I matched this concealer to my summer foundation and it’s worked as a multi-purpose product as foundation, eyeshadow primer, and a highlight shade.

REVIEW: MAC Cosmetics Strobe Cream

Hello, lovelies!

I recently received a sample of M.A.C. Cosmetics Strobe Cream with my MAC Haul. I was excited to try a liquid moisturizer that adds luminosity to the skin. I have used this product as a liquid highlighter, and would compare it to the formula of other liquid highlighters I’ve tried!

The Packaging

This product comes in a pearl-coloured tube with a black top. The outside of the tube features the M.A.C. logo. I like that is lightweight and travel-friendly. The packaging colour is reminiscent of the cream contained inside it.

The Product

The cream has a holographic sheen, but it is not glittery. I’ve noticed that the shade ‘Silverlite’ has a slight purple undertone to it, and reflects as a pearly-purple shade when applied to the skin. The cream feels soft and dewy, and it is surprisingly moisturizing when applied. I like that the cream doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin and the sheen stays vibrant throughout the day.

I own the shade Silverlite. M.A.C. Strobe Cream is available in four shades:

Silverlite – Silver pearls

Goldlite – Gold pearls

Peachlite – Peachy pearls

Redlite – Red pearls

How to use it

I adore the versatility of this cream! It can be applied directly to the skin, or mixed with foundation to intensify your skin’s glow. I’ve tried applying it with both a brush and my fingertips, and it applies better with my fingertips.

MAC Strobe Cream is a perfect product to add a subtle shine or highlight to any makeup look! It retails for $40 from MAC Cosmetics official website.