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!
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 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.
I recently placed a MAC order to replace my empty bottle of Fix+. While placing my order, I decided to try a new lipstick colour. I’ll review each product separately, but here’s a peek at the items I purchased!
I bought my first bottle of Fix+ while in Toronto last summer, and I apply it daily to finish my makeup. The first item I placed in my cart was another bottle of Fix+ to replenish the bottle I just used the last of!
Matte Lipstick in Russian Red
I always buy a new lipstick when I go to a MAC store. The colour Russian Red is a beautiful deep red. I decided on this colour after browsing the red shades available. I’m excited to wear this red shade throughout the summer.
Cremesheen Lipstick in Nippon
I’ve never tried a cremesheen lipstick from MAC before, but the shade Nippon is a gorgeous nude colour with pink undertones. This shade will be a pretty nude pink shade to wear this season. I typically wear bolder lipstick colours, but this will be a perfect summer shade!
What have you bought from MAC recently?
I adore a new MAC lipstick. After recently placing a MAC order (stay tuned for a MAC haul!) I decided to write a post that will help you distinguish each lipstick finish offered by the brand!
Matte – This is MAC’s most long-wearing, opaque lipstick finish. There is no glitter or shine present in a matte lipstick. Typically, a matte lipstick does not feather with wear, but it can feel drying on the lips.
Retro Matte – A retromatte finish is very drying, and it can be difficult to apply to the lips. Retro matte applies fully opaque. This lipstick lasts for 4-6 hours when applied,
Amplified – This formula is opaque, but has a slightly translucent finish. Amplified lipsticks are creamy but have a short wear time.
Satin – Satin lipsticks are highly opaque. They are long-wearing, and offer a translucent finish. Satin finishes are non-drying.
Glaze – This finish is sheer. The colour of glaze lipsticks is not opaque, and offers a glossy finish.
Frost – Frost lipsticks contain sparkles, which gives the lipstick a pearlescent finish. This lipstick has buildable coverage.
Cremesheen – Cremesheen formulas are creamy, and semi-opaque. These lipsticks are moisturizing but they have a short wear-time.
Welcome to the last few days of 2017! I bought a range of new makeup and skincare products throughout the year. While it was difficult to narrow down, today I’ll share my top four products of 2017.
1. Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette
This palette was my favourite eyeshadow to use this year. The matte, shimmer and pure glitter shades made this palette very versatile. I adore the range of colours – from shimmering champagne to burnt orange with pops of purple. This palette enabled me to effortlessly create an everyday eyeshadow look or a glittery smoky eye.
2. Beauty Blender Sponge
I sacrificed two BeautyBlender sponges this year. The small, pointed sponges became a staple in my makeup kit to apply face makeup. I adored my BeautyBlender this year because it is portable, easy to clean and is a quick tool to use daily.
3. MAC Fix+
My MAC Fix+ spray kept my makeup looking flawless all year. This light, refreshing mist solidified my daily makeup and I used it religiously. This spray also became a versatile mist to dampen brushes.
4. GlamGlow Super Mud Clearing Treatment
I spent most of the year testing different skincare products. My skin is acne-prone and I’ve tried a lot of products before I found a routine that works for me. I discovered GlamGlow’s Super Mud mask collection in October and it has dramatically cleared my breakouts. The mask became a perfect addition to my skincare routine this fall/winter.
What were your favourite makeup and skincare products to use in 2017?
The holiday season is a perfect time to experiment with bright, bold and glittery makeup. This year I plan to incorporate reds, glitter, and champagne colors into my makeup palette. I recently created one of my favorite looks for this blog post. I’ll share the steps I used to create it below!
I prepped my skin with Smashbox Photo Finish Primer to create a smooth canvas. For my foundation, I applied Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation to my entire face. I used the shade Warm Ivory. I covered any blemishes on my skin with concealer. For this look, I used NARS Cosmetics Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Chantilly. This concealer provides full coverage with a small amount of product. I finish my face makeup with blush and highlight. I applied the shades Sugar and Rose from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Pink Passion Blush Trio to my cheeks. Finally, I apply a highlight shade. For this look I used Luna from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit.
I used a light concealer to prep my eyes for eyeshadow. To create this cranberry eyeshadow, I selected shades from the Hua Beauty Desert Dusk Palette. This palette features a combination of glitter and warm-toned shadows. I applied the following shadows to create this look:
- Musk – Base shadow applied to entire lid
- Saffron + Oud – Shadows applied to crease
- Concealer – Applied to entire lid to prep for glitter shadow
- Cosmo – Pure glitter applied to entire lid
To complete my eye makeup, I applied Kat Von D Tattoo Liner and Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara.
I paired my cranberry-inspired eyeshadow with a deep, matte red lipstick. The lipstick I selected for this look is MAC Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in the shade Diva.
I rotate my must-have makeup items based on the season. With the fall season in full-swing, I focus on two main elements of my makeup collection: Hydration + Coverage. I change my foundation to adjust to changes in my skin (e.g. Dryness, dullness) and gravitate toward products that hydrate. Here are three of the items I’ll reach for all season:
- Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation
I adore the coverage of Kat Von D’s Lock-It Foundation. I wear it throughout the fall and winter when my skin is duller, drier, and not supple. This foundation provides a matte, full coverage finish that transforms my skin into a blank slate. It hides any imperfections and lasts all day. I wear the shade Light 44 Cool – a fair alabaster with cool undertones.
2. Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate
This product is a lightweight water gel that hydrates the skin. (Essentially, a water-based moisturizer!) I like to wear a hydrating moisturizer and apply this after my skin care routine. My skin contains less moisture in the fall and this product is ideal for replenishing it. I favour this moisturizer because it does not leave residue on my skin and absorbs instantly.
3. Dark lipstick
Any lipsticks with a dark, vampy colour reminds me of fall. I wrote a post a few weeks ago that featured my favourite fall-inspired lipstick colours. Each colour featured in that post are colours I wear a lot during the season.
Fall-inspired: M.A.C. Cosmetics lipstick (Diva) combined with Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (Vampira).
What items are in your Fall makeup bag?
I bought this product while in Toronto and immediately added into my daily makeup routine. M.A.C.’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.
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 M.A.C. 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.
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:
- 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+. It retails for $25 from M.A.C. Cosmetics official website
I already discussed popular beauty trends for fall here on the blog. It features some of the lip colours I’ll mention in this blog post. I rotate my lipstick shades of choice based on the season. With fall (and October!) officially here, I decided to showcase lipstick colours I love this season.
1. Deep burgundy
Any shade of red or burgundy can be adapted for any season. A deep burgundy shade creates a rich, colourful canvas for light or dark makeup. This shade is the epitome of fall colours for me. My go-to shade of burgundy is M.A.C. Cosmetics Matte Lipstick in the shade Diva.
This purple-toned pigment gives the lips a bright, fun pop of colour. This colour is slightly brighter than plum but not as intense as a rich violet. I enjoy pairing it with silver or metallic purple eye makeup and highlight. One shade I adore is Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in LUV.
3. Brick red
Reds are versatile enough to wear year-round. A brick red pairs well with plush scarves and boots. A brick red always reminds me of fall, and I wear it often throughout the season. While I cherish all my red shades, my must-have for fall is Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Rocksteady.
This colour might be a surprising addition to my list. A bright, summery lip colour is a great way to deviate from the darker colours I have in rotation. This peachy-orange shade was created using my Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Palette.
Which lipstick shade do you love to wear during the fall?
I’m sipping on a Pumpkin Spice Latte and pulling a cardigan around my shoulders while I write this post. I am transitioning my closet for the fall, but my makeup also shifts to accommodate the new season. I’ve already implemented a few of these into my makeup, but read ahead for the top makeup trends you’ll see everywhere this season!
1. Dark/Vampy Lip
Rich red colours are a popular lipstick shade this season. I began wearing the colour midway through the summer season, but I will certainly continue to wear it into the fall. Burgundy, oxblood and Bordeaux hues look great on both lips and nails. I never thought I’d love a dark red lip. However, I fell in love with MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Diva.
This trend is popular for eyeshadow and highlight. A pop of gold, silver, or chrome is all that is needed to create this trend. One way to create a metallic hue is to apply a chromatic highlight on your eyelids and cheekbones.
3. Inner Eye Highlight
The inner eye is often ignored when applying makeup. Dabbing highlight or bright eyeshadow into the corner of your inner eye is a great technique to reduce darkness in this area of the face.
Are you trying any new beauty trends this season?
Each season I discover new and exciting beauty products. The products I discovered this summer delivered refreshed skin, a bright glow, and the perfect pout.
1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit
This highlight palette contains 6 metallic shades. The bright colours give my skin a bright highlight. I use this palette for my eyes, highlight, and lip colour. Each shade ranges from a metallic silver to aqua blue. I’ve enjoyed the versatility this palette offered me throughout the summer season.
2. MAC Fix+
I use this setting spray daily to set my makeup. This product is an instant must-have for me. It sets my makeup while refreshing my skin with a light, cooling mist. It was a staple for me this summer, especially on warm, sunny afternoons.
3. Sephora Collection Triple Action Cleansing Water
Makeup remover is a staple in my collection all year, but it becomes prominent in the summer. I seek a product that is gentle on the skin that is non-drying. This cleansing water from Sephora performs double-duty. It effectively removes makeup while cleansing. I enjoy using double-duty products in the summer to minimize my daily routine. A bonus of this product I love? It requires no rinsing!
4. Kat Von D Saint & Sinner Fragrances
I recived samples of Kat Von D’s new Saint and Sinner perfume. I often wear fruity fragrances in the summer, and these two are a delightful change. Saint is a soft, fragrant floral. Sinner is is warm and woody. One of my favourite aspects of these samples is the travel-friendly size.
5. Beauty Blender
My Beauty Blender is a staple in my makeup kit. This absorbant sponge reduces the number of makeup brushes I use daily. This took is perfect in the summer to quickly apply my face makeup. A BeautyBlender is also versatile; I use it to apply foundation, highlight, concealer and eyeshadow.