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.

If you like the video, don’t forget to like and subscribe to my channel.

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.

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A great hair tool for all hair types Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer

Let’s have a big round of applause for Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer. One of the best-sellers and revolutionary blow dry brush you’ll find in the drugstore aisles. This magical brush will save tons of money on blowout sessions if you are frequently visiting salons just for blowouts. It does work perfectly. Best for all hair types. Especially a great tool to manage coarse, frizzy, and thick hair.

I have been struggling to manage my hair since my college days.  I still remember my frizzy hair was untamable so I never tried anything expensive. That said, I never thought of looking like a Bollywood diva either.  But staring at others’ hair beauty was the only thing I did in college, never gave much importance to how I looked. 

Funny thing is, I and my friend used to stop by near a drinking water station whenever possible during breaks and place a hand under the tap water and swipe it across the crown to make stubborn frizzy hair sit tight. Yes! That was a quite silly and momentary solution.

Since I had never seen a tool that is an all-rounder and true to what it says, I was skeptical and was not convinced at first. Even after watching a lot of videos/reviews before buying it. Luckily, I saw a deal on Amazon and bought it at a discounted price. It made me happy to think that even if it does not fulfill my expectations, I won’t feel that bad. 

My Personal Experience:

Revlon describes it as a one-step dry and volume styling brush. However, I usually like to use it on dry hair as I feel that way it successfully keeps my hair frizz-free. Otherwise, it’s safe to use on towel-dry hair. I always prefer to use some heat protectant products before styling my hair. Similarly, I don’t feel safe using hot tools on wet/ towel-dry hair unless I am running late for something. 

For demonstration purposes, please visit https://youtube.com/shorts/W1TQwHz0otg and you’ll see the end result of the Revlon hair dryer on my coarse and frizzy hair.

Or visit my Instagram account. 

The brush is beautifully designed to style every type of hair. A combination of dense bristles and a hot metal wand actually provide a great hold of hair and give an impeccable blowout. 

One thing is to consider its weight. First-time users might find it a bit heavy and intimidating to handle and style the hair. But once you get used to it, you will love it every day. For me, it took almost a month to get used to it. 

As the name implies, Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer is a quick way to fix hair unless you really want a professional touch for special events. I have been using the Revlon brush for over a year and it’s still working great. 

But don’t forget to comb your hair before styling it as it may increase hair fall or can get tangled up in the brush. Also, do not forget to use a heat protectant as this brush gets really very HOT. 

Last but not least, if you don’t have time to style your hair. Instead of using a blow dryer, grab a Revlon brush and just run it through your hair. Voila! You will see almost frizz-free and manageable dry hair in no time. 

Final thoughts:

I would request you to watch the video and see how thick, dry, and frizzy hair I have. Revlon Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer is my savior. I would definitely recommend it to my friends. It is one of the best drugstore styling tools available at a reasonable price. It’s indeed a time and money saver for unmanageable and frizzy hair. Please do not forget to use a good heat protectant before using any styling products. This product does what it claims except I think it gives salon-like blowout results on dry hair than using it on towel-dry hair. 

So give it a try! 

Let me know your experiences if you are already using it. 

Thank you.

Namaste!

The best MAC lipstick for Indian skin tone – MAC MEHR

“MEHR” was created by Mickey Contractor for his wife, a well-known Indian MAC cosmetics artist. As described by MAC, it’s a matte dirty blue pink, and the blue undertones are noticeable. It’s the most natural-looking matte lipstick that looks well on Indian skin tones.

One of the most sought-after shades that suit almost all skin tone beauties. Especially, Indian beauties can buy this shade without blinking their eyes. A ton of thanks to its creator for his extraordinary and amazing contribution. 

This is my second tube that I am equally excited to use it. Best go-to lipstick for every occasion.  

You can see the Picture and swatches below. 

MAC MEHR outdoor picture

MAC “MEHR” is matte finish lipstick and a quite comfortable formula on lips.  It is a very popular and famous shade across the nation and among the beauty blogger/ influencers. I prefer matte finish lipstick over other formulas viz. Satin or amplified finish from Mac. 

As I have mentioned earlier, I personally love this shade, and already on the “Must have” list. 

Also, this is the best-suited lip shade for fair to medium skin tone. However, deeper skin tone beauties might wanna try it before they buy it, as it might wash you out. Otherwise, no doubt about “Mehr”. This creamy, thick formula has a matte finish with an excellent color payoff. 

MAC MEHR Outdoor Picture
MAC Mehr Indoor picture

If interested head out straight to my blog post. I have also reviewed MAC Brave lipstick which is again a beautiful everyday shade and other My top 3 Mac lipsticks for all skin tones.

Comparison between Mac MEHR and Mac Brave.

Apparently, it seems this unique shade is hard to find in any other brand and so the dupe of it (Exact match). I would recommend this shade to all Indian beauties. If planning to stop by the nearest MAC store then would insist to try it on. 

Few things to note down, it is a Matte finish so make sure you prep your lips before you apply it. Especially if you have chapped lips like mine. Or else it might accentuate fine lines. Since it is not ultra-matte, you are in safe hands so don’t worry, it’s quite hydrating and won’t let you down for at least 4-to 5 hrs. 

Here in the USA, its MRP is $19 (USD) for 3 G / 0.1 US OZ. 

Let me know which one is your so far favorite go-to MAC lipstick.

Thank you very much!

Namaste!

Best Makeup Remover Cleansing Balm for all skin types – Clinique’s Take The Day Off Balm

Clinique Take the day off cleansing balm. The best makeup removing cleansing balm suits all skin types. Awarded by Allure Beauty Expert as the best makeup removal product. 

Juggling between which product to use or which one is better than the other. On top of it, having acne-prone skin or fighting acne-related issues makes the situation worst. It is very hard to choose the products, especially when buying skincare products. Believe me, I always step into others’ shoes when I write such posts. 

Hence, I can say out loud that this is the best cleansing balm I have ever tried. So gentle on your skin. I have tried a couple of other drugstore brands and a few from high-end. But Clinique’s Take the Day Off cleansing balm stands apart. Once you incorporate it into your makeup removal ritual, you will forget about its price. Would love to keep a backup in case of emergency. 

In the beginning, I was a bit skeptical if this makeup removing balm will work to its hype. I started using Clinique Take the day off cleansing balm when I was breaking out badly. I was using minimum makeup at that time and did not want to use any harsh makeup removal wipes either. Eventually, ended up using it more often than the other products I owe. 

What makes it a bestseller?

Clinique Take the day off cleansing balm dissolves long-wearing makeup in a minute. The best part is, that it is suitable for all skin types. Every skin type. It will never let you down except for people who have very-very sensitive skin and needs doctors’ attention. 

The formula is Non-comedogenic, Non-greasy, Non-drying, and Fragrance-free. Lightweight makeup remover dissolves stubborn eye and facial makeups, as well as sunscreens, swiftly. When applied, it transforms from a firm balm to a silky oil. It cleans deeply and completely. Helps skin seem younger and longer by gently removing the stress of pollutants. 

As stated on Clinique’s website, the key ingredients are Safflower seed oil.

This natural emollient is high in linoleic acid and leaves skin feeling soft and nourished. It effectively breaks up natural oils on the face and dissolves difficult-to-remove makeup.

In my opinion, yes it indeed does what it says. The silky formula just melts down the makeup on your face into some luxurious emollient balm. Leaving skin very soft and clean. 

If you want to see a demonstration, kindly click on the YouTube- shorts link below. If you like it then you can support my channel and subscribe to it.

Also, I must admit that price-wise, it is expensive and probably for many of us (including me) cannot always be an affordable option spending USD 36 for 3.8 oz. / 125 ml. 

But it’s the winner cannot debate on price. 

Final Thoughts

Clinique Take the day off makeup removing cleansing balm is an amazing product. It is gentle yet very effective and breaks down the makeup and for that, you just need to massage the balm into dry skin with your fingertips. Voila! Your face is clean and makeup free. As I have mentioned earlier this would be the most recommendable product for acne-prone skin. Give it a try!

You can also check out a review of Clinique Even Better Clinical Radical Dark Spot Corrector + Interrupter and Clinique Pep-Start™ 2-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser.