MAC BLUSHBABY POWDER BLUSH

MAC BLUSHBABY POWDER BLUSH

This was my first blush from MAC. At that time, I had very little knowledge about how to wear blush, or what color I should pick for a natural look. Those days, I was just getting introduced to makeup and was wearing it occasionally. 

MAC Blushbaby blush is a natural finish, sheer coverage powder blush. 

The company describes it, as Beige-pink (sheertone) blush that is a super-fine pressed powder that instantly gives cheeks a natural-looking flush. With a natural finish and sheer, buildable coverage, this product is smooth. It spreads evenly and barely clings to the skin.

MAC Blushbaby blush has matte undertones, a muted medium pink color, and relatively warm undertones. It featured a smooth, stiffer, and richer consistency with a semi-translucent, buildable pigmentation that could be created with 2-3 layers.

I reach out to this blush most often and I love how it looks on me. It goes great with a no-makeup look. I believe it would suit fair to medium skin tone very well. 

From a price standpoint, we get 6 G / 0.21 US OZ for $28 (USD) which I think is quite too much for the color. Although it is a beautiful everyday blush, I think it’s a very common color and you can find a dupe of it easily at the drugstore price. 

So, I would say, don’t grab it online unless you intend to buy it. Visit your nearest MAC store and try a few swatches. If you think, this is going to be a unique shade in your vanity then go ahead. Or else, try to find out dupes of it, and as I’m sure you will get it in NYX, Tarte, etc. 

Let me know what do you think about this post and blush.

Thank you.

AVOCADO TOAST SHADOW PALETTE by BH Cosmetics – A tropical Feast to the eyes

BH cosmetics Avocado Toast Eye Shadow Palette

Recently I visited my nearest T.J.Max store for wee shopping and this palette caught my attention. I bought this palette to gift to my sister. 

The name Avocado Toast is self-explanatory. You might have guessed the colors until now. 

Yes! It has a beautiful combination of greens and shimmery warm colors. One can wear it on “Earth day” for sure. The best part is, all colors are very pigmented and can be a great companion to pull off a sultry smokey look. 

Wear a classic green or tropical look, or any mattes with a shimmer. You are definitely going to like it. 

Honestly, the pigmentation of matte colors of BH cosmetics Avocado Toast palette is a lot better than MAC ‘Lens Blur’ Powder Kiss Soft Matte Eye Shadow.

Since we are talking about tropical feast to the eyes then you might like NYX EYE SHADOW PALETTE “FESTIVAL” which is a beautiful drugstore palette.

BH cosmetics Avocado Toast is a combination of mattes and shimmers and indeed a tropical feast to the eyes if you wish to.

A palette of 16 eyeshadow colors. The Avocado Toast Palette, which has 16 matte, shimmer, and glitter tones, was created as a compliment to everyone’s favorite weekend brunch. Bright green tones, creamy earthy hues, and silky neutrals are all included in the palette, which has a one-application intensity and a buildable, blendable, and exceptionally long-lasting consistency.

Swatches

From Left Avocuddle, Pink salt, Expensive, Spicy

from Left Lemon Pepper, Avo Toast, Ripe, Hass

From Left Over Easy, Super Food, Paprika, Pit

From Left Green Juice, GUAC, Extra, Holy Moly

BH cosmetics Avocado Toast is a combination of mattes and shimmers. The colors are quite pigmented and great for what I got in the store for the price of $7 (USD). 

At this point, not sure if you can grab this palette in any other stores. But if interested I would say, give it a try and visit the nearest T.J.Max. 

This palette is must-have palette for a party animal. You are gonna love it.

So, guys let me know if you have tried this palette ever and kindly share your experience with us.

Thank you ♥️.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish ‘Soft & Gentle’- Best Highlighter for Indian skin tone

MAC mineralize skin finish highlighter ‘Soft & Gentle’ is the most sought-after highlighter among beauty gurus, influencers, and make-up artists. There are other high-end brands that offer equally high quality and performance highlighters. So why is only MAC soft & Gentle still making rounds in the beauty realm?

Mac describes it as a luxurious powder that illuminates the face and body and contains M.A.C. Multi-Mineral Complex.

Further, the brand describes it as sheer coverage, a luminous finish highlighting powder. An opulent, slowly baked, velvety soft, dome-shaped face powder with a dewy sheen. Blend all over for a sheer luminous finish to the skin, or precisely buff on to add highlights to the high points of the face. features vitamin E and our M.A.C. Multi-Mineral Complex.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish ‘Soft & Gentle’ is a multitasking natural highlighter that gives a subtle glow. It has just the right amount of shimmer that gives a sublime natural inner glow. I believe MAC mineralize skin finish highlighter ‘Soft & Gentle’ is best suitable for Indian skin tone. This is the universally flattering highlighter or can say a blush topper that goes easy on cheeks without making a disco ball face unless you want to have one. 

I have also reviewed Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder, the best drugstore brand highlighter. 

Hand swatches

Speaking of price, it retails for $40 and contains 10gm (0.35 us oz.). It’s expensive but worth a try. Usually, I stock up on all these products during black Friday or Christmas sales. It saves huge money. I wish MAC could come up with some affordable travel size kit that includes such best-selling products. 

I wanted to show you how it reflects on the face, as you can see below in the picture. I have used it on my cheekbones and applied it very light-handed but still, it’s glowing. I like it.

My, Final thought

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Soft & Gentle is a beautiful highlighter that gives the most natural look. I highly recommend it to all skin tones except deeper skin tone beauties. I would say, try before you buy. 

Last but not least, my Indian girlfriends, please try this highlighter in your nearest store. I am sure you will fall in love with it. It is indeed a universally flattering highlighter. 

I would definitely recommend it to my friends and family. 

Also, please let me know if you know a dupe of it. I would like to try it and see a difference.

Thank you.

MAC Lipstick ‘TWIG’ and MAYBELLINE ‘Touch Of Spice’ – Identical Match

So, here I am again with a short review. Today I am going to show you that Mac Lipstick ‘Twig’ and Maybelline ‘Touch of spice’ are exact match.

Many influencer vloggers and beauty channels say these two are exact matches (Dupe). Honestly, whenever I try to find a ‘Dupe’ I buy a different lipstick even though it looks the same under store lights. But when you come out of it, the hue changes, and I end up getting a different color of lipstick.

But when I try MAC ‘TWIG’ and Maybelline ‘Touch of spice’. Voila! It’s the exact match. 

In the short video below, you will notice, that these two shades are identical and interchangeable, especially, if you love mattes over satin lipsticks. 

MAC TWIG is a satin lipstick and Maybelline Touch of spice is a matte lipstick.

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See you soon ♥️

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Sharing Soft matte Smokey Eye-Makeup look

“Smokey eyes” is a gateway to slay the iconic “sultry look” and steal the show. I am obsessed with it. It can be glittery or soft matte. I love to go overboard when using brown or black-brown eye shadows. Giving a Smokey effect needs lot of it. At least that way I can finish warm shades I tend to buy all the time.

Talking about the palette I used in this video is from Smashbox “Ablaze” except the kohl.

I usually get engaged with YouTube shorts. So, this video is just 54 seconds short.

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Let me know what do think about it.

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You must know why Tarte magnetic palette is not suitable for Mac pro-refill pans.

Tarte custom magnetic palette

I was happy when I ordered Tarte custom magnetic palette so that I can transfer some of the MAC’s refill pans and blushes to it. Before that, I owned just a MAC Pro Palette Compact that beautifully accommodates their single eye shadow and blush refill pan inserts with no issues.

But the space in the palette was so occupied that some of my eye-shadow pans literally bend from the side due to inconsistent placement of blush and eye shadow pans together including one or two from other brands. I could see that the poor thing was already exhausted and was overcrowded.

PRO PALETTE LARGE / SINGLE (COMPACT)

Initially, I intended to buy one more MAC Pro Palette Compact as I was happy with the quality and it was surely a place for all. But I saw Tarte’s magnetic palette on sale and I instantly added it to the cart and placed the order. 

I never gave so much importance to other details and hence never thought about how a Tarte’s magnetic palette will work for refill pans that have already Magnet attached at the bottom of it. 

You see, MAC refill pans are made of steel and so they provide a tiny magnet glued to them. That’s the reason it can easily accommodate their inserts in their company-made customizable palettes. Now here is the catch, those are surely no magnetic pallets but just cases made up of metal surfaces to attract and embrace the attached magnet of the refill pans. 

Left is MAC Pro refill pan eye shadow and right is ABH eye shadow refill pan

Now, Tarte magnetic palette is indeed a “Magnetic Palette” that holds the metal pans beautifully. As I can say, the refill pan from ABH (Anastasia Beverly Hills) is made with metal and stuck to a palette as if they are made for each other. On the contrary, MAC inserts fell apart and so did not make any sense to even try to fit those into it.

I did not play with Mac inserts or tried to detach the piece of magnet of it. As it was mere waste of time that could have caused damage to those tiny pans. 

If the refill pan inserts are glued to the tiny piece of a magnet then make sure you simply buy a customizable palette that is non-magnetic (has metal surface). As we all know “The opposite poles of two magnets will attract one another when they are brought together, but the same poles will repel one another”. Now, who knows which is the North or South pole of the magnet when we buy such items.

So, finally, I would like to conclude my post here. 

As mentioned earlier, make sure you check what kind of refill pans you have and accordingly buy the one which is suitable. 

If you have MAC refill pans then it would be recommendable to buy their pro refill palettes only. 

If you have pans that have no attached piece of a magnet at the bottom of them then probably Tarte’s palettes would be suitable for them.

I wish I had known this before. Perhaps I missed the point and could not understand the technicality of it. Anyway, guys, I am glad Tarte’s custom magnetic palette open my eyes and made me think over some basic points before buying any random custom palettes. 

I hope you find this post helpful and understand why Tarte’s magnetic palette is not useful for Mac pro-refill pans? Or for any of their Inserts.

This was my experience.

Let me know in the comment below if you think this is a helpful post.

Thank you so much. 

 

MAC ‘Lens Blur’ Powder Kiss Soft Matte Eye Shadow

It is a part of the MAC Powder Kiss collection. First they launched their Lipstick collection followed by the eye shadow and liquid lipsticks collection.

If interested, please check out Must-have MAC eyeshadows for every skin tone.

MAC described “Lens Blur” as a bright rich violet. A pillow-soft, matte, pressed-powder eye shadow with an ultra-creamy texture that delivers a beautifully diffused, blurring effect on lids. 

It is a soft-matte, cool tone berry color eye shadow. 

MAC ‘Lens Blur’ Powder Kiss Soft Matte Eye Shadow has a gorgeous matte berry color with cool undertones. It had a soft consistency that was slightly powdered yet felt more velvety, almost smooth to the touch, but not as opaque as I was expecting. It provided semi-opaque, buildable color coverage.

I love this powdery eyeshadow and glides smoothly across the lid. However, it is not as pigmented as it looks in the pan. 

So, on medium to deep skin tones, this color might not show up well. But there are other ways you can still pull it off. 

You can apply a light foundation on your lid to help this color appear in its original form. You might need a generous amount of shadow for application unless you want to throw a soft color on eyelids in a jiffy. 

MAC describes it further, the velvet comfort you love on your lips – now for your lids. Experience a weightless kiss of color with Powder Kiss Soft Matte Eye Shadow. Enwrap eyes with pillow-soft, matte color using Soft-Focus Filter Technology that delivers a beautifully diffused, blurring effect. The highly blendable, the luxurious formula smooths onto lids with unbelievable slip. Its exclusive Cream Matrix formula allows for an ultra-creamy, exceptionally soft, and gliding texture. This next-generation matte formula is available in lip-toned colors translated for the eyes.

I was looking for a good deep berry color eye shadow under my budget. Last year Black Friday there was a deal on the MAC website for 40% off on eyes. I could not take my eyes off of lens blur and bought a refill pan.

So, I would say MAC’s powder collection is good but since its name “Powder Kiss Soft Matte Eye Shadow” focuses on being very soft matte appearance that offers very less opacity.

At least Lens Blur is not so bad and I use it happily. But guys If I compare, I wonder, how the lighter shade will appear on eyelids when the opacity is the real issue.

Anyways, since it’s summer, I enjoy applying this shadow during day time followed by eyeliner and mascara. Job done 😀.

It is a permanent eyeshadow that retails for $23.00 (USD) and contains 0.05 oz.

Thank you.

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask Review

Due to its alleged benefits, charcoal face masks are currently a hot topic among skincare lovers and beauty vloggers. The main component, activated charcoal, which is well recognized for its purifying qualities, they have a dark tint. Masks with charcoal work well to treat oily skin and get rid of dirt.

I have also reviewed Origins GINZING Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff. It is also a great product from Origins. 

Why did I buy a $28 (USD) mask?

The internet is still flooded with Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask reviews.  I observed that many of them had a terrific experience even after having acne-prone skin and breakouts. So much of a good talk, I found it very intriguing otherwise I would have never thought of buying it. You might have read several times that I am a victim of hormonal acne for over the past 2 years that not saying “goodbye” . That’s the reason I thought this could at least be helpful to keep acne at bay and save my face by clearing gunk or impurities caused by dirt and pollution. 

Charcoal masks seem to have gotten a lot of attention for their benefits. They say it helps remove impurities and make your pores look clearer and smaller. 

I wanted to get rid of skin care products that are not helping me anymore or reduce or balance my acne-prone skin. The Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask showed me a ray of hope and it was the moment I had to shake hands with this mask. 

What does Charcoal Mask do?

When the mask is cleansed, the impurities are gone because the charcoal particles in these masks absorb excess oil and draw out dirt and filth from pores. In addition, the mild coarseness of the charcoal particles gently exfoliates the skin by removing dead skin cells. Skin that is thoroughly cleansed, supple, and renewed is the end result.

The large surface area of charcoal particles and their propensity to chemically bind with other substances and that’s its special features. The actual charcoal particles are often well tolerated and infrequently cause issues.

How often do I use it?

It is recommended to use it on makeup-free skin, open pores with a warm, moist towel, and layer a mask. Allow to dry and rinse. Use once a week or as often as needed.

I use it once a week or sometimes twice a week after cleansing my face. Sometimes use it alternate weeks after face massage with a homemade recipe. 

What it does. 

As the company claims, it is Formulated with Bamboo Charcoal & White China Clay, this charcoal mask acts like a magnet to deep clean & draw out deep-dwelling pore-cloggers, impurities & debris.

The formula is without.

As the company claims, Parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), mineral oil, petrolatum, paraffin, diethanolamine (DEA), polyethylene beads.

Why do I like it?

Years after the quest for the right face mask, I am going to settle with Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. However, there is a little drawback as this product is pricey and costs $28 (USD) for just 2.5 fl. Oz.

Being said that, you don’t need a lot of product to apply a layer on your face, comparatively for a single application. It is so soft, smooth, and sort of gooey. On top of it, very easy to spread. The formula is awesome that gives a feather-soft feeling after the wash. So far, this one is the second charcoal mask I have tried. Trust me, I am being very honest when I say that this is the best charcoal masque that really works. 

It gives a feeling of clean and clear face just after single application.

Quite a fantastic mask. It does not at all dry out your skin, which is uncommon for a mask of this kind. I can say it is suitable for all skin types except sensitive skin as it might give a burning sensation. 

After rinsing the mask off, the texture of the skin becomes soft and supple. The effect is very spurring. I am going to repurchase this mask in the future. 

Honestly, I did not see a huge difference in the appearance of the pores or a fading of the dark spots. However, result is phenomenal. My greasy t-zone was matte with no shine at all. The mask had worked as a massive sponge, sucking out all the blockage material and extra oil with it.

I have been using this for the last 3 months and it did not cause any breakout or any skin issues. I am hooked on it and definitely going to buy it again. 

So, let me know what is your favorite face mask so far.

Thank you.

Ingredients:Water\Aqua\Eau; Myrtus Communis (Myrtle) Leaf Water, Kaolin, Bentonite, Butylene Glycol, Montmorillonite, Polysorbate 20, Peg-100 Stearate, Charcoal Powder, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Peg-150 Distearate, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Sorbitan Laurate, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Simethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Trisodium Edta, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol <ILNILN33435> Please be aware that ingredient lists may change or vary from time to time. Please refer to the ingredient list on the product package you receive for the most up to date list of ingredients.

MAC Tsk Tsk! Lipstick – Limited edition (Short Post)

It was a part of the MAC “Boom Boom Bloom” makeup collection. I am glad that I could grab it when it was launched here in the USA. I love this shade equally as I love Mac Flat out Fabulous and other pink and bright lipstick I owned. So, thought of sharing it with you.

This lipstick is not for the faint-hearted, that was said in jest. I mean, MAC Tsk Tsk! Lipstick is a medium-dark, satin-finished fuchsia with a somewhat cool undertone (limited edition) lipstick. In-person, it looks way brighter than what you see in the below pictures.

MAC Tsk Tsk!

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Semi-matte makes it wearable in summer, at the same time very comfortable on lips. A non-drying formula is so opaque and offers excellent color payoff in a single swipe. I am so obsessed with it and that’s the reason I did not feel like buying candy yum yum which is I think brighter shade than Tsk Tsk or other bright shades from MAC. At times I feel, I grab it more often than “Ruby woo“. 

I had uploaded a video featuring Mac “Tsk Tsk” lipstick to complete my simple and very basic makeup look. If interest please head out to it.

I wish I could mention dupes but unfortunately, so far, I have not come across any closer shade to it. 

Such a beautiful shade to flaunt in Indian Outfit. Believe me, if you are comfortable wearing fuchsia shades then this Kind of shade will be the cherry on top, and be ready to receive countless compliments. 

If you know a dupe of it or can suggest any drugstore match (If any), especially from Maybelline or Revlon, etc., then please comment below in the section. That will help my friends to buy available alternatives in their country. 

Thank you so much for your time in advance.

Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer $34 (USD) Yay or Nay?

Buying make-up products can sometimes become brain work.  Especially, choosing high-end products. Now, expecting satisfying results from such costly products seems viable. But sometimes, it does not go well with our profound feelings. 

Choosing make-up products depends upon our analysis of various shades, colors, and formulas. Being said that, examining our skin type & textures is equally important too. As we all are aware that textured skin might look like a disco ball after wearing shimmery products. Similarly, sometimes using shimmery bronzer can make us look terrible and unpleasant. 

What do you think? This Too Faced bronzer is worth the hype? Is it really suitable for all skin types and colors? Does it really a natural looking bronzer? 

So, Let’s see. I, hope this post will give you a closer look and the performance of the Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer that can help you to decide if you should add it to the cart before you hit the “place order” button.

My skin is acne-prone and getting a lot of skin issues even if I switched to any make-up product. Thankfully, this bronzer did not cause any breakouts. So, rest assured. My skin tone is medium-Tan and some nasty acne has left large pores as well. I have a normal/combination skin type. During summer as usual it gets more oily (T-zone) and use matte-setting spray in intervals during daytime outings. 

Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer, gives a subtle shimmery bronze look. Since it is not a matte bronzer, the formula is beautiful enough to get the summary tan bronzy cheekbones.

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What it does do?

With this dual-shade bronzer, which has a little pink undertone to replicate the flush of a true tan, you may achieve a natural glow.

The Too Faced company claims that it creates a luminous, sun-kissed finish and dual shades are buildable for a customized glow. 

The Formula

The formula is quite pigmented and buildable. It’s indeed beautiful, soft, and apply effortlessly. Dual shade is definitely a game-changer thing that gives a hue of natural glow. The bronzer blends perfectly and gives a gorgeous glowing effect. 

What do I think about it?

For me, it has been a neutral experience. I mean, as I have mentioned earlier, I have been facing acne issues for the last 2 years. It has made my face a little bit textured. Having said that, textures are consistent not very prominent. But still, I try to stay away from shimmery formulas be it bronzer or luminous/dewy finish foundations.

I could see Too Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer was in the beauty influencers’ goods books. So, I had to try it. It has indeed lived up to my expectations. It is beautiful and suits my skin tone well. A single light-handed application of dual shade will give a natural flush of rosy tan. A darker shade can be used to contour the face as the lighter shade can be used as a nude blush for a no-makeup look. 

As we all know often bronzers end up looking like an orange fruit if not meant for a particular skin tone. On the contrary, this bronzer has the right amount of orange hue that offers a flawless bronzy look. 

I used it all year round. I don’t see a reason to not use it in winter. However, I also love to use my other matte bronzers interchangeably. 

This is the only gleamy bronzer I owned.  Glad that it turned out to be a great bronzer. So, for me, it was worth spending $34. But there will be always a black Friday sale that can save your pocket from getting empty. 

Final Thoughts

Yes! I will recommend this bronzer to fair, medium, and tan skin tones and Yay! However, I would recommend my beauties with deeper skin tones to first try it and see if the gleaming look is favorable or desirable as per your expectations.

P.S. I would love to try their other matte bronzers so that I can compare the formula and final look. At this moment I compared it with other matte bronzer I owned from “Hard Candy” a drugstore brand and Estée Lauder.

Let me know which one is your favorite bronzer so far and hooked to it for years. 

Thank you.