Becca’s collab with YouTube Beauty Guru Jaclyn Hill called Champagne Pop was extremely hyped up on social media. Re: #highlightonfleek
They also included it in the their Holiday Champagne glow palette and it was reason to bring out the bubbly because this is one, phenomenal highlighter, worth all the hype, tagging and retweets!
Doing the laundry has never looked this good! The MAC Wash and Dry Summer 2015 collection truly was a sight to behold in store. The stuff I wanted sold out online fast so I had to go into the MAC store on Sunday morning! Now that’s dedication!It was like a tidal wave of colour and ombre and bronzer, lots of bronzer!Now, I am as brown as peanut but I’m bronzer obsessed, highlighter obsessed . . . ok, I’m make up obsessed.
So, let’s get rid of the elephant in the room and talk about the packaging . . . it’s a beautiful, metallic ombre that runs from turquoise to orange to gold. It’s shinier that my face at noon and just a thing of beauty. I will say that it doesn’t hold a candle to the packaging of last year’s summer collection, the MAC’s Alluring Aquatic collection, but let’s be real, will that ever be topped?
I didn’t go cray cray because technically, I’m on a no-buy, because I have heaps of products to review and hauls I’ve done and have yet to film because life’s hectic when you’re a working mother of a Yorkshire terrier whose greatest pleasure is playing soccer . . . with his mum 🙂
I got items from this collection that I knew I would use.
I didn’t get any lip products because I don’t like lipgloss and the only lipgloss I wear is MAC’s plushglass. The lipstick that I wanted, Morange (a vivid but oh so wearable orange) was sold out. However, Morange is a permanent lipstick so I wasn’t in a rush to get it.
As for blush, Hipness did appeal to me but it looked pretty dupable so there wasn’t that ‘I will sell my first-born child to get it’ desire.
I did have that desire though for the High-Light in Freshen Up.
It has the same ombre packaging with a see-through top and a button open and close mechanism. If there is one thing I wish MAC would do is use that mechanism with the new packaged MSFs.
Back to Freshen Up, it is a highly pigmented tri-coloured powder with a wavy design and a gold overspray and a texture that mimics the beach. As for the ‘hoo haa’ about the overspray, it happens, I’ve moved on.
The powder has some peach, tangerine, red-orange, yellow and orange tones with a very fine shimmer.
I used the powder, overspray rubbed off, with a fan brush concentrating on the larger yellow-peach section and applied it to the tops of my cheekbones and it gave a beautiful peachy highlight that really stood out (in a good way) on my dark skin. Swirled together it is a beauty deep coral blush borderline orange, again in a good way.
Lighter skin tones may find this worn as a highlight or a blush too intense, but for brown girls like me, rejoice, this guy was made for our hue!
I actually love the fact that this isn’t high frost; it’s like a kind of ‘Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder’ for brown girls. No, it’s not a dupe, the feel and texture reminds me of that. I don’t own anything like this from MAC so I am super stoked to have this in my collection.
The next thing I picked up was the MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder, which is the same as the line of permanent line of powders, except that these are marketed as bronzers and I’m sure the shades are limited edition. While the sculpting powders have gotten a bad rep for being too sheer for contouring or shading, it’s a definite winning formula for a bronzer. It comes in a beautiful mirrored compact with the same button closure.
I got shade Delicates.
This is muted, medium-dark brown with soft, warm undertones with a golden sheen. I had to swipe this a few times to get some colour but I didn’t get this shade to add too much of colour to my skin, I got this shade to add a luminosity to my skin and it does.
It’s soft to the touch and blendable and it’s not muddy.
This is a powder I would happily dust all over my face as a finishing powder, like a MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural but with a glow! The satin finish is beautiful. I didn’t get Golden Rinse, which was a very red-based bronzer. It reminded me of red clay. I mean, I’m brown not brick and the colour didn’t appeal to me.
The last thing I picked up was the limited edition MAC 125SE Split Fibre Dense Face Brush. I have two other split fibre brushes and I love them.
One side is made with natural hair (best for powder products)
The other side is synthetic (for cream products).
The idea behind these split brushes is that the natural bristles soften a look and the synthetic side applies product.
The MAC 125SE Split Fiber Dense Face Brush is a wide, densely packed brush with a blunt top. It is the prefect shape for getting a good, solid contour and you can use it with both cream and powder.
You can apply your contour products with the top of the brush and blend the products out with the sides. The bristles are super soft and the multi-coloured ferule is firm. The handle of the brush is also a glossy black unlike the traditional matte black MAC brushes. You could also use this to blend out blush, apply highlighter or even liquid foundation.
Overall, I am happy with the items I picked up. Even though we in South Africa are heading towards a dry and cold winter, these products will surely add some glow and sunshine to my days . . . for sure.
Where to buy: MAC FFS nationwide and while most of the stuff is sold out online, you can still pick up a few items at www.maccosmetics.co.za
Price: MAC Wash and Dry High-Light Powder: (Freshen Up) R420
MAC Studio Sculpt Defining Bronzing Powder (Delicates): R420
MAC 125SE Split Fibre Dense Face Brush: R660
Have you picked up anything from the MAC Wash and Dry Summer 2015 collection? I’d love to hear about your favourite picks!
Until next we meet, stay blessed and beautiful
You can’t miss the Urban Decay limited Vice palette . . . with neon green (chartreuse) packaging and a bejeweled UD logo on the top, this guy stands out from the crowd.
The magnetic enclosure also has ‘Urban Decay’ engraved on a metal plate beneath the opening.
This guy comes with a double-ended shader and blender brush (as all UD Decay palettes do) and opens up into a full size mirror.
Urban Decay Vice LTD Eyeshadow Palette is a mix of neutrals with a few pops of colour. While I have all three Naked palettes, the UD Basics Palette and the Electric Palette, all these shades are new to me.
There was so much hype surrounding this palette late last year that everyone rushed out to get it then it was sold out. The it was re-released in late January in the US an I got mine from a third party seller on Instagram muse.sa
Let’s get into the shades. There are 20 eyeshadows in this palette. A mix of mattes and shimmers.
A mix of mattes and shimmers.
Nameless is a satin taupe shade with a hint of gray and a frosty sheen. The texture is smooth and very easy to work with. Great pigmentation too.
Backdoor is a cool dark brown matte. It has a charcoal grey undertone. It is very soft but loses some of its pigmentation when blending so the colour pay-off is decent . . . not great.
Deeper is a medium metallic bronze. The texture is smooth an easy with work with and it is very opaque with a bronze /gold sheen and it feels like velvet. It has great pigmentation.
Disco is a pale metallic gold with iridescent glitter. It feels a bit gritty because it has chunky silver glitter. The shadow is dry and the colour pay-off is a poor and the glitter falls all over the place . . . not a pretty look.
Heat is described as a bright metallic copper and it is exactly that
The color payoff was excellent and the texture is smooth.
Crystal is described as an icy metallic blue shimmer. It has a duo chrome finish. The texture is a bit drier than the other shadows
Goddess is a deep smoky blue with micro-glitter. It has fine blue shimmer and larger chunky glitter. Of course the glitter drove me crazy and the colour pay off was poor. I was really looking forward to this shade because dark blue really makes brown eyes pop! It is not easy to work with and it sheers out quite a bit when you blend it out.
Vaporize is described as a medium metallic gray-taupe. The texture is soft and easy to work with and the colour pay off is excellent. It has a beautiful metallic sheen.
Floss is a deep metallic emerald with micro-glitter. It has a metallic finish and silver micro-glitter, which I didn’t see much of. The texture was dry and a tad to work with. The pigmentation when blended sheered out quite a bit.
Perversion is described as an “oft black matte. Texture was easy to work with but the shadow itself is a bit on the weak side. It was not as pigmented as I thought it would be. This is defiantly not one of the blackest matte black eye shadows I own.
Provocateur is an icy metallic pink with micro-glitter.
It definitely has some copper and muted pink as a base colour. Yes, there is glitter here as well and glitter well and the fallout was terrible. This made it difficult to work with as it has a gritty texture.
Hoodoo is medium purple with cool undertones and a pearly sheen. The texture was a bit dry and the colour payoff not that great.
Freakshow is a bright purple satin. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture and has a pretty sheen.
Junkshow is a bright pink satin. It’s a vibrant, fuchsia that is very opaque. It has a smooth texture and is easy to work with.
Blitz is a bright metallic gold. It has excellent color payoff with a really smooth, blendable consistency.
Chase is a soft metallic bronze. The colour pay off is great and it’s soft and easy to work with.
Last Sin is a pale champagne shimmer. The texture is velvety smooth but it was difficult t work with and looked patchy.
Roadstripe is an iridescent white with blue-violet sheen.
It is difficult to build up and is a bit chalky.
Anonymous is pale peachy cream matte. It is a warm toned eye shadow. It has great colour pay off and is easy to work with.
Laced is a soft pink-nude matte. It had good pigmentation that was blendable, smooth, and silky.
The verdict? While going to great lengths to get this palette was exciting, I’m not that impressed with the quality of some of the shadows, especially those with glitter. I love the shade selection because there are a good mix of brights and neutrals and metallics to create a variety of looks. The texture of these eye shadows are really hit and miss but these are shades I do not have and it’s nice to have in my collection. I don’t see myself reaching for all of these shades. Definitely not a ride or die palette. But I do have it and I want to play around with it . . . for the shades that didn’t work, well let’s say, I will TRY to make it work . . . that’s what I hate though, trying to make a product work. It should work, no? and for the price? Well, it is what it is . . .
If you missed out on this LE palette, you didn’t miss much . . . I’d say wait for another Vice palette perhaps.
Price: I paid R1200 for this palette from muse.sa
I love all the Disney princesses, but the story of Cinderella is one of the first fairytales my mum read to me. My Barbie dolls always reminded me of Cinderella . . . I was about five years old then . . .
I wonder if Cinderella and her glass slippers is the reason for my shoe obsession? Mmmm . . .
So I was excited as that five-year-old when I heard of MAC’s collaboration with the launch of Disney’s Cinderella the movie. Can’t wait to watch that!
The hype surrounding the MAC Cinderella collection was huge . . . but was it worth the hype? HELL NO!!!!
I wasn’t impressed with the products themselves. They weren’t very brown-girl friendly, I mean, I know Cinderella has blonde hair and blue eyes and I’m probably more Princess Jasmine-friendly, but Cinderella fans are all colours of the rainbow and MAC should have put some thought into that. But, it is what it is.
However, I had to get something (yes, you know I am a macaholic). I chose the MAC Coupe d’Chic Iridescent pressed powder because it is a mirrored compact.
I want to place on record that I hate the plastic packaging . . . it just looked cheap . . . for a princess . . .
Now, let us take a moment to appreciate what I loved about the packaging, I just did.
The iridescent periwinkle colour of the packing is a sight to behold. The gold lettering and the gold inner rim (this is also plastic) LOOKS like it’s fit for princess. I personally wouldn’t have minded paying a bit extra for sturdier packaging.
In the pan, Coupe d’Chic iridescent pressed powder looks super pigmented. It looks lie a deep golden peach with sparkle. It swatched beautifully, but I thought it would be a great highlighter. But when applied to my NC40 skin, it’s had to be built up (heavily) to show up.
This powder is not finely milled and when applying the powder, fairy dust and glitter was flying through the air, I thought my Fairy God Mother would appear. She didn’t though I did didn’t see a glass slipper . . . I called my prince and he didn’t have it either . . .
An average product, but it is a compact mirror so I can pop something else into the pan and het to hold Cinderella in my hands!
If this is your jam, some stores may still carry them. I got mine from the MAC FFS in Rosebank. I believe Melrose Arch in Johannesburg also carried the collection.
Pink and coral in a super luxe tube . . . that’s MAC’s Burmese Kiss from their latest Bao Bao Wan collection. It’s one of the four lipsticks released with this collection.
MAC describes this lippie as a “bright coral pink with a matte finish”. Bright and beautiful, this lipstick is and it’s one of the boldest lippies I own. I love it!!!!
Unlike traditional MAC matte lipsticks, which can be very drying and pull on the lips on application, this guy is a smooth operator.
It has velvety consistency (to match the velvet-like texture of the outer part of the tube?).
This lipstick is so opaque that it leaves a stain on the lips as it fades through the day. The finish is not as matte as I thought it would be, it looks like more satin for most of the wear time. It feels a bit dry on the lips as time goes on, but it’s still comfortable and that’s huge coming from someone who battles chronic dry lips. As with all matte lipsticks, make sure to exfoliate to get the smoothest possible finish.
The packaging sold me, the duo chrome teal and brown is beautiful. The Bao Bao Wan logo is written in a burnished copper adding to the luxury look of the lipstick. Even the box has the same iridescence. The metal parts are also copper and not the regular silver. It’s a MAC collectors dream or a great lipstick to start a collection.
It gets huge thumbs up from me and anyone can rock this shade, if they dare . . .
Where to buy: www.maccosmetics.co.za or MAC FFS. These guys are selling fast so get it while they are still available.
I would like to find a dupe, for now, I just want to pucker up . . .
Have you bought any of the Bao Bao Wan lipsticks? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it
Red eye shadow? Yip, I love it! And when MAC’s Red, Red Red collection came to our shores, I picked this guy up.
My last red eye shadow, one by Kryolan, shattered when I dropped my palette .I was as shattered as the eye shadow. I remember having to use the colour when we geisha make up, which was really beautiful.
MAC’s Strike While Haute is a true red with a matte finish.
Despite being matte, this guy is not chalky and is pretty opaque. I will admit did have to add another layer to get the intensity I saw in the pan.
It didn’t fade on me at all, and I probably used it like for 6-8 hours under the Smashbox 25-hour eye shadow primer.
Why do I like red eye shadow? It’s a primary colour that can be mixed and matched to create shades like violet by adding blue, orange by adding yellow, You can deepen or lessen the intensity by adding white or black . . . all this from one eye shadow . . .
Yes, red worn all over the lid, can be a bit, well, lets say it’s an acquired taste. However, mix the red shade with white and get your perfect pink for a feminine look or add some edge to your smokey eye by adding black. Beware of running this along the lower lash line . . . people may start talking . . . in the ‘whose your dealer’ kind of way.
Where to buy www.maccosmetics.co.za
Mac counters nationwide.
Note: This is part of a LE collection but these items were still available on the MAC website and in some MAC counters across the country on the date of publication
Bobbi Brown’s holiday collection 2014, Scotch On The Rocks, was a nothing short of amazing.
But one product stood out for me and when I saw it swatched, I knew right then and there that I needed it in my life. It was the Highlight Powder in Bronze Glow.
Clearly, lots of others needed it in their lives too because it was sold out as soon as it hit the shelves. I went to every Bobbi Brown counter in Jozi and called every stockist to find out if they had it and the answer was always: “No, it’s sold out.” You know I hate those words – they really make my stomach do back flips!
It was literally one of those MAC Whisper of Guilt moments . . . the traffic in my head wouldn’t stop, I kept thinking: “I could have had it, maybe if I shot that red robot on that Saturday while going to the mall or if I hadn’t sneezed because that held me back 10 seconds!”
Well, after sulking for a month, I made peace with the fact that I missed out and threw in the towel . . .
But that all changed two weeks ago, when I was checking my Instagram and found a photo of the highlighter and that saw that it was for sale. I immediately asked if I could secure the buy and the deal was done and dusted.
When it arrived, the angels and their mums sang while their twin sisters played the harp . . .
The packaging . . . oh my soul! The tortoise shell compact is classy and elegant – a move away from the traditional solid black packaging Bobbi Brown is known for. The product is equally amazing. It’s one of the creamiest powder highlighters I’ve used – this bronze shade is warm and golden and looks really great on brown skin
I love the maze-like pattern on the highlighter, you get lost in thought just staring at its beauty.
And it’s practical too, with full side mirror and push open mechanism so you don’t have to pry it open and chip your perfect mani.
Applied to the highest points of your cheekbones and on the cupids bow (to create the illusion of fuller lips), this will bring out your best features. It works beautifully when applied over a matte bronzer to get that all over sun-kissed glow!
The Bobbi Brown Highlight Powder in Bronze Glow will leave you looking and feeling like a bronze goddess!
So, you guys are thinking, why am I reviewing this? It was limited edition and is all gone, no? Wrong. I got mine from Instagram’s princessnoosboutique and it’s genuine and brand new. Now, she doesn’t have another one of this, but that’s not to say someone else doesn’t.
This seller is a Jozi-based make up collector called theprincessnoo. Keep a lookout for her on Instagram, she is a true beauty, inside and out and ships across the country so don’t have to look outside the borders or cross the Atlantic or Indian oceans to find amazing limited edition or other make up or beauty products from brands you can’t find in South Africa.
Other Instagram sellers you can trust that are legit and professional, based on my experiences and rave reviews are
dazzlinggloss (Lakme products)
They have make up products from brands Too Faced, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Dose of Colors, Lime Crime, Lorac, Morphe brushes, Lilly Lashes and much more.
It’s worth checking them out and the prices are usually reasonable.
My first time is something I’ll never forget . . .
I beamed from ear to ear. . . my eyes lit up because it was soooo beautiful . . . there was a warmth inside me that left me slightly flushed . . .
The first time I held it was something I can’t explain . . . that was the first time I touched the NARS Virtual Domination Face Palette!
I have never owned anything from NARS and really wanted to try something from their line, especially their Laguna Bronzer and famous blushes.
When I saw a pic of a palette floating around on Instagram, I was introduced to a make up seller and knew I had to have it. This was a limited edition holiday set with a full-sized bronzer, a highlighting blush powder and 3 blushes.
That’s FIVE NARS face products to try out and I was just looking to get one!
The limited edition packaging is white and black with the NARS logo streamed across the top written in black. It has an interesting spider web-like design on the lid. The palette is made from sturdy plastic that is pretty heavy but ideal for travelling.
It has a normal open and shut mechanism, which I thought was a bit cheap, considering the price, it could have had a magnetic enclosure at the very least. But it has a full side mirror, which is beautiful from any angle when I hold it up!
With the exception of one blush, all the other cheek products in the palette are part of the NARS permanent line.
Sex Fantasy is a matte lilac/pink. When I looked at it in the pan, I didn’t think it would show up on my dark skin (For reference, I’m a MAC NC40/42 depending on the season. This brown girl gets much browner during Spring and Summer). However, when applied to my cheeks, it looked like a beautiful mauve colour, which is totally wearable as an everyday blush for my skin tone.
Deep Throat is a dark peach with gold shimmer. This is my favourite colour because it has the most beautiful golden sheen. It reminds me of MAC’s Springsheen but NARS Deep Throat is definitely more opaque
Final Cut is the limited edition shade and is a peachy coral colour with a bit of gold shimmer.
Miss Liberty is a highlighting blush powder. This beautiful warm-toned peach/champagne colour can be used as a highlighter on its own or layered over a matte blush to warm it up and add some sheen.
This does have some sparkle and it’s not a subtle highlight. When applied, it gives the effect of a liquid highlighter. It literally gleams!
All these blushes are finely milled, very creamy in texture and easy to blend.Sex Fantasy was a bit chalky (but that’s the case with most matte blushes) and while the pigmentation on all these products is insane, Sex Fantasy needed be built up to show up on my skin. While I think these shades will look good on any skin tone, beauties with deep skin tones may have trouble with Sex Fantasy, which can look ashy. Barr that, anyone can rock these shades! The wear time is excellent and didn’t fade at all until I took it off.
Now for the beautiful Laguna bronzer. This is an iconic NARS bronzer. It is a beautiful shimmery warm tan/golden brown that didn’t turn orange on me . . . purrrfect!
This finely milled bronzer warms up my complexion and melts into my skin leaving a natural, healthy glow, not a muddy mess.I love everything in this palette and the inclusion of a bronzer and highlight means you can make the most of your cheekbones with The Triple Threat . . . Bronzer (Laguna), Miss Liberty (Highlighter) and (Blush) one of those sexy blushes!
While you may not be able to get this palette anymore, the four other cheek products to look out for are worth giving a go, especially if you love blush. NARS may be on the pricey side but the quality and pigmentation of these cheek products justify the price.
NARS founder and creator Francois Nars once said it: “Find your own way, have an open spirit, and believe in your beauty.” This is the feeling I get when I wear this make up.
I know, you’re thinking: “Prativa, you cruel women, why are you reviewing a product that was limited edition? You know we can’t buy this anymore!”
A: You can get an idea of the performance of the NARS products in the permanent line to see whether or not you want to try them.
B: You may be able to get it from Instagram sellers.
I bought it from princessnoosboutique on Instagram, it was the last one she had though.
This beauty from Jozi posts photos of the most awesome make up and beauty products. If you’re a make up collector or enthusiast, or generally a lover of all things sugar and spice and all thing pigmented and sparkly, keep a look out. You never know when she’ll put out a LE edition product you missed out on or even a product you’ve been lusting after that is not available in South Africa.
Price: R1600 (definitely value for money, considering that one Laguna bronzer is about R500 and a full-size blusher around the same price). A divalicious deal for sho!
Other Instagram sellers you can trust that are legit and professional, based on my experiences and reviews from happy customers are
dazzlinggloss (Lakme products)
mybeautywishlist.za (pop these guys a mail if you would like to get a specific product and they will do their best too get it and they usually do.)
Theses sellers sell make up products from brands like Too Faced, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Dose of Colors, Lime Crime, Lorac, Morphe brushes and make up, Lilly Lashes and much more!
It’s worth checking them out and the prices are usually reasonable.