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Review and swatches: MAC Mineralize Blush in Petal Power

MAC Mineralize Blush in Petal Power
MAC Mineralize Blush in Petal Power

 

When I hear the words Flower Power, it reminds me of the 1970s hippy movement! Freedom, happiness, unwashed hair, long hair, long beards, and illegal grass.

Which brings me to something that should be against the law! It’s MAC’s Mineralize blush in Petal Power!
This blush should be banned because it is so beautiful that when you wear it, you are more than likely to cause road accidents because passing motorists will be fixated on you and not the road. Perhaps, it should be included one of the hazards when taking a driver’s license test, what do you think?

As MAC Mineralize blushes go, the formula of the powder is finely milled so application is exceptionally sheer. It goes on lightly and is easy to build to your desired intensity. Truthfully, you really can’t overdo this blush, unless you build it to 7,7 layers!

MAC ‘s Petal Power is a coral pink with an undeniably breathtaking golden sheen.

Looks great in the pan and even better on the cheeks!
Looks great in the pan and even better on the cheeks!

It’s not one of those ‘I woke up like this’ blushes because the golden shimmer is quite intense. Spritz your face with some MAC Fix+ or any hydrating mist and the golden tones pop, insanely!!!!!

MAC Petal Power swatched.
MAC Petal Power swatched.

This shade will suit anyone from the fairest of the fair to the darkest chocolate. However, this blush truly shines on olive and tan skin tones.

MAC’s mineralize blushes are not the most longwearing but it’s pretty decent, getting a good 6 hours of wear before noticeable fading.

I am not the biggest fan of the new packaging, which has an indentented bottom.

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And a see-through circle on the lid. I find it very difficult to open, but there is a method and you will master it.

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MAC’s Springsheen is almost identical when swatched side by side, but on the cheeks, MAC’s Petal Power has a more golden sheen and leans more coral than peach Yes, there is a difference. OMG! You beauties must be sick of the word golden. But this blush is a treasure.

This is a great blush for anyone who doesn’t want to add highlighter to his or her make up routine every day. This is a blush that can be worn both day and night and looks beautiful paired with a smokey eye!

It screams spring and summer, but, to be honest, I’d wear it all year round.

Where to buy: MAC FFS or counter nationwide

Price: R300

Dupes: There are plenty of cheaper Coral/peachy/pink blushes out there and yes, it is it pretty similar to NARS Orgasm. What makes this special is . . . well . . . that it’s precious.

Yes, I know, it’s sssssspensive, but in my humble opinion, if you aren’t a blush person, this may be the only one you will ever need and it will last you a loooong time! #thepowerofthe petal

Have you tried any of MAC’s Mineralized Blushes? What’s your favourite shade or will you pick up Petal Power? Let me know, down below.

 

Until next time, stay blessed and beautiful.

Love you all more than a million rose petals!

Xxxxxx

Prativa

Beauty Bugle

 

 

 

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Glow All Around the world! MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Global Glow – Review

Highlighters . . . liquid, cream, powder . . . they are my weakness . . . and MAC Mineralize Skin finishes have always delivered.

 

There are a few limited edition Mineralize skin finishes I own and the ever so popular Soft and Gentle is one of my all time favourites. If you know anyone who likes MAC MSFs, it may well be their favourite too. It’s one of those highlighters that suits all skin tones.

I recently, I picked up a MSF in Global Glow and it fits the bill much like Soft and Gentle and this new obsession is real.

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This is more of a bronzing highlighter and will make you glow like you lit a vanilla scented candle inside you. (That really sounded dangerous. I never thought any sentence containing the word vanilla would sound dangerous, well we live and learn)

This is my first MSF in the new packaging which is old now . . . lol

I don’t like the look of packaging and it can sometimes be difficult to open. Well, in this situation, it’s what’s inside that counts

 

A mineralize skin finish is a super soft powder with a high-frost metallic finish. You can use it to highlight your cheeks, as a brow bone highlighters lightly dust it like a bronzer (swipe in the ’3’ formation on each side of your face from temple to jawline

 

MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Global Glow swatched and blended out.
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Global Glow swatched and blended out.

MAC describes the Global Glow as a natural tan with a silver sheen. It’s not as frosty as other skin finishes I’ve tried and not on the chalky side either.

This is a great bronzing highlight for dark skin, It’s not on the orange side and really gives your skin that ‘I’m in love’ glow. Brown girls, this guy is the jam, peanut butter and strawberry milkshake 🙂

Where to buy: MAC FFS, MAC counters nationwide or www.maccosmetics.co.za

Price: R350

Have you tried MAC’s Mineralise Skinfinishes? Which is your favourite shade?

Let me know in the comments below

Until next time, stay beautiful

xoxo

Prativa

Beauty Bugle

 

 

 

Posted by Beauty Bugle / in BLOG, Product Reviews, Trends / 1

I found a pot of the ocean in MAC Is Beauty!

The huge MAC spring collection hut our shores a few day ago. Was I excited? Well, not really, from the promo pics and reviews, I wasn’t overwhelmed. There was no special packaging and well, far too many fluid lines, which will now become part of MAC’s permanent line, so I didn’t feel the need to rush out and pick anything up.

I picked up three items from the MAC is Beauty 2015 collection: an eye shadow, an eye kohl and a fluidline.

MACISBEAUTYFEATMAC Bouffant eye shadow is a pale peach shimmer with a Veluxe Pearl finish. Looking at it I thought it looked like MAC’s Expensive Pink eye shadow in the pan, but it’s very different. I would say it’s more pink than peach. It’s a beautiful colour worn as a wash all over the eye or to highlight the brow bone or inner corner of the eye.

MAC Bouffant eyeshadow
MAC Bouffant eyeshadow

The pearl finish is beautiful and it definitely has a metallic sheen which isn’t BAM, but beautiful enough. It has to be built up quite a bit to show up, even over MAC Soft Ocher Paint pot, which is what I wore it over. But when you’re done packing and pressing and patting your life away, the results are worth it.

MAC Bouffant swatched.
MAC Bouffant swatched.

Pretty, feminine and sweet. It’s a fun flirty colour. Applied wet is still subtle but the metallic pigments in it are intensified and it has an almost frosty finish. It suits my NC40 skin fine, however, I think this colour would look ashy on someone darker than an NC42.

MAC Eye Khol in I Get No Kicks
MAC Eye Khol in I Get No Kicks

Mac Eye Kohl: I Get No Kicks is a soft champagne nude with a metallic sheen. Worn in the waterline, it gives the eyes a pretty sheen. Unlike a traditional while or flesh-toned liner, this kohl doesn’t give you a Bambi, I had three red bulls now I’m wide-awake look.

MAC I Get No Kicks is on point!
MAC I Get No Kicks is on point!

It draws attention to the eye and make the eyes gleam, in a good way. I love that the soft metallic finish it gives to the eyes. I’m not saving this guy for the night; I will defiantly be rocking this in the day.

 

MAC I Get No Kicks swatched
MAC I Get No Kicks swatched

 

So, I’ve saved the best for last. I wasn’t really expecting to find a gem in this collection but I did

MAC Prolongwear Fluidline in Siahi is EVERYTHING!

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Siahi is a deep ocean blue. It is rich in colour and has a slight metallic finish. I believe this was released in 2010 with the Mickey Contractor collection. I’ll be honest. MAC’s fluidlines in Blacktrack, Macroviolet and Dip down are the only three fluidlines I love. When other fluidlines are released, I find them to have poor pigmentation and watery formulas. The metallic shades are probably my worst nightmare as they usually have zero pigmentation and glitter or so-so pigmentation and no glitter. Generally, they’re just a waste of time. BUT this little pot of ocean blue/teal is the business. It takes about two strokes to get the pigmentation on point, the formula is rich and it applies smoothly, glides on the eyes like seagulls over the ocean. (FYI, I’m trying to create a water theme here)

MAC Prolongwear Fluidline in Siahi swatched. The intensity of the colour is breathtaking, no?
MAC Prolongwear Fluidline in Siahi swatched. The intensity of the colour is breathtaking, no?

I have been looking for a good intense blue gel liner for a while now, since my Smashbox Jet Set Liner in Navy Blue had to retire, old age . . . it happens.

MAC Prolongwear Fluidline in Siahi ticks all the right boxes and whether you’re flicking it, winging it or just lining with it, it makes brown eyes POP!!!!! It didn’t move on me and didn’t fade for as long as I wore it. This eyeliner is a great alternative to black. It definitely adds a bit of something special to the eyes . . . I could look at it all day.

MAC Bouffant eyeshadow: R200 for 1,5g

MAC Prolongwear Fluidline in Siahi: R200

MAC Eye Khol in I Get No Kick: R195 for 1,36g

Where to but, selected MAC counters and FSS across the country or at www.maccosmetics.co.za

 

 

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Seeing Red, Red, Red . . .

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.

MAC Strike While Haute , matte perfection!!!!!
MAC Strike While Haute , matte perfection!!!!!

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.

Price R200

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

 

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MAC ATTACK! HAUL!

Hi beauties, Beauty Bugle hit the MAC store again (no, I didn’t rob the store) and I picked up a few things. Some stuff I’ve been dying to try out! Thank God I don’t have a credit card or an overdraft, I would be swimming in debt! Anyhow, these are the items I picked up

 

THE MAC HAUL
THE MAC HAUL

FACE: MAC Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 NC42 (I hope this shade is not too dark)

MAC Prolong wear concealer NW35

MAC Careblend Powder in Medium Dark (Rich Golden Tan)

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (Medium Tan)

MAC Natural Radiance – Radiant Yellow

MAC Prep and Prime Vibrancy eye primer

 

Cheeks

MAC Mineralize Blush in Uplifting (Peach with bright orange marble)

This LE and part of the MAC lightness of being collection

 

Lips

MAC Viva Glam 2 (Satin Finish)

 

Eyes:

Carbon – Intense Black (matte)

Sable – Gold Plum with bronze (velvet)

Freshwater Bright Summer Blue (Veluxe pearl)

Texture – Peachy Brown with Shimmer

Rice paper – Peachy gold with shimmer

Beauty Mark – Black Red /sparkle pearl (velvet)

Humid – intense green with shimmer (velvet)

Expensive Pink – Pink with duo-chrome pearl (velux pearl)

Satellite Dreams – Plum with violet pearl

Woodwinked- Warm antiqued gold (velux pearl)

Satin Taupe – Taupe with Silver shimmer (Frost)

Embark – Intense Reddish Brown

Deep Truth – True Dark Blue (Frost)

Shroom- soft beige with shimmer

Cork- Muted Golden Brown (Satin)

 

Cream Colour Base

Pearl – Pale Gold with Icy Shimmer

Bronze – Bronze

Loose Pigments

Tan – Muted pinky brown

Rose – Rose with copper sparkle

Accessories

2 spray pumps

 

Let me know what you’d like to see reviewed first or what tutorial you’d like to see.

xoxo

Prativa

Posted by Beauty Bugle / in BLOG, Product Reviews

A downer: Mac Mineralize Blush (Uplifting)

Aaaah, yet another MAC collection. Honestly, while many people are beginning to tire of all these MAC collections that are being banged out, I love limited edition stuff . . . so when a collection comes out, I usually pick up one or two items if it’s a product that wows me and sometimes if the packaging is really pretty. I mean last year’s Alluring Aquatic collection, that packaging rocked!

 

I was very under whelmed by the MAC Lightness of Being collection because the lipsticks bar one were part of the permanent range and the mineralize eye shadow duos didn’t appeal to me because the colours were so blah!

But I had my eye on two things the mineralize blush in Uplifting and the Mineralize Skinfinish in Perfect Topping.

I did pick up Uplifting and boy was it a let down.

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MAC describes the mineralize blush in Uplifting as “peach with bright orange marble.” It is peachy with hints of brown and orange and fair amount of silver sparkles. I mean it is a frost so sparkles are sort of expected, but there’s a bit tooo much in this blush. That said, it is a very unique colour and darker skinned girls can definitely get away with using this as a highlighter but I’d rather buy a Mineralize Skinfinish.

MAC Mineralize Blush in Uplifting swatched. As you can see when watched it is very pigments . Blended it sheers out to a more muted shade that is very unique but the silver sparkles is overwhelming.
MAC Mineralize Blush in Uplifting swatched. As you can see when watched it is very pigments . Blended it sheers out to a more muted shade that is very unique but the silver sparkles is overwhelming.

The sparkles are not garish, like there are no chunks of glitter flying around but there’s enough fine glitter to bother me.

The texture is soft and when applied it goes on smoothly with a little bit of a gritty feel because of the glitter.

This blush wears well about 6 hours, however, as it wears throughout the day, the sparkles become more visible as the colour fades.

Overall, I love the colour but the sparkles put me off. I will definitely use it because it is pretty and didn’t emphasize pores despite it being so metallic.

The tweed design is the nicest touch about this blush, which is pretty lame.
The tweed design is the nicest touch about this blush, which is pretty lame.

Also, the tweed design is very pretty.

On last check, there were still both blushes in this collection (the other being Please Yourself) were available at some MAC stores. Uplifting was sold out online (date of publication). The other blush Please Yourself was available online.

None of the stores I visited had the Perfect Topping MSF, which is a shame as this would have been the star of the collection in my opinion. I did see it online and perhaps will purchase it.

If you have never tried a MAC Mineralize blush before, don’t make this your first. Try one in the permanent range instead. This isn’t a good introduction to the formula. If you are in the pageantry or theatre business or have friends in performance arts that need to stand out on stage, perhaps even the circus, this is the blush for you!

Where to buy: MAC counters and FFS nationwide

Price: R300

xoxox

Prativa

Beauty Bugle

 

Posted by Beauty Bugle / in BLOG, Product Reviews

MAC v Essence – a dupe for a dupe!

Sometimes I channel by inner dupist (yes that’s a word) without wanting to.

I recently raved about MAC Springsheen Sheertone Shimmer Blush being a dupe for NARS Orgasm blush, one of the most sought-after blushes in the make up world.

 

MAC Springsheen is sheer, has a golden glow and is universally flattering.

MAC Springsheen Sheertone Shimmer blush is a peachy gold shade.
MAC Springsheen Sheertone Shimmer blush is a peachy gold shade.

After doing that review, while looking through my blush collection, a blush that I really like (I retired it for a bit) caught my eye.

It was the Essence Silky Touch Blush in 30 secret it girl.

The dupe (right) and the duped.
The dupe (right) and the duped.

My inner dupess (yes, it is also a word) chanted, “swatch, swatch, swatch”!

 

Looking at the pair in the pan, MAC Springsheen Sheertone Shimmer Blush looked much darker in the pan. But I swatched it any way. Hey, you know I like to play.

 

Those shades look like 45th cousins, no?
Those shades look like 45th cousins, no?

When I swatched them, the Essence Silky Touch Blush in 30 secret it girl appeared slightly chalky and a lighter pink. It still applied smoothly.

I didn't have much hope
I didn’t have much hope

Well, you win some and you lose some, or so I thought . . .

Being a serial dupiest, I had to blend them and yoh, yoh, yoh! I was speechless and coming from a motor mouth like me, that’s saying something. Had I found a dupe for the MAC Springsheen? Yes, the Essence Silky Touch Blush in 30 secret it girl was a dupe!

I found a dupe for MAC Springsheen!
I found a dupe for MAC Springsheen!

 

But I managed , barely, to muster  the strength to call my friend and ask him to look at it, he couldn’t tell the difference. I asked him to put on his glasses and he still couldn’t tell the difference. They looked almost identical. Not identical twin sisters, but sisters, close sisters.

 

These shades are definitely not true to pan when blended out.

While MAC Springsheen Sheertone Shimmer Blush swatched as having more of a golden sheen, the Essence Silky Touch Blush in 30 secret it girl is less opaque, but when blended out, the colour and shimmer is dead on!

 

To be fair, the MAC blush wears longer than the Essence one. The MAC blush also has that something special about it that I still love.

 

That said, Essence is creamy with decent wear time and excellent colour pay off.

 

I don’t mind spending a little more on a blush because it’s quite rare to hit pan over a short time. Unless you pack it on because it makes your heart sing, that’s cool, different blush strokes for different folks!

However, if you’re looking for a great coral /peach blush on a budget or just want to try out a new shade, the Essence Silky Touch Blush in 30 secret it girl is definitely worth buying.

 

Price: Essence Silky Touch Blush in 30 secret it girl around R70 for 5g of product

Where to buy: Essence counters (Most likely to find at Dischem and Clicks)

 

Price: MAC Springsheen Sheertone Shimmer Blush for 6g of product.

Where to buy: www.maccosmetics.co.za or MAC counters nationwide

Price: R235

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Beauty Bugle / in BLOG, Product Reviews

Mini Haul! Inglot, Mac, NYX, Essence

I'm exited to try out these products, very very very excited!
I’m exited to try out these products, very very very excited!

Hi BB beauties, this is a mini haul of some products I picked up over the past 2 weeks. Most of these products I’ve never tried before, but if you have, let me know. I’d love to hear your thoughts on these products.

Full reviews of these products and demos to follow

Products I got:

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (Give me Sun)

MAC Brush Cleanser

MAC Gentle Off Eye and Lip make up remover

Cala Fan Brush

Cala Blending Brush (eyes)

Cala Angled Eye Shadow Brush

Eyelure Naturals Starter Kit

Broadway imPress Press-on Manicure (Short Length)

L.A Colours 3D Blush Contour (CBL810 Love Bird)

NYX Jumbo Pencils ( Milk and Forest Green)

Revlon Photoready Skinlights (100 bare Natural)

Inglot Make Up Under Base

Inglot AMC Cream Foundation

Inglot HD Sculpting Powder

Inglot Lipstick – 278

Inglot 02M Breathable Nail Enamel Colour 678 (R169)

Inglot 02M Breathable Top coat

Inglot 02M Base Coat

Inglot AMC Face and Body Illuminator: (63)

Inglot Liquid eyeliner (25)

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel (77)

 

Xoxo

Prativa

Beauty Bugle

 

Posted by Beauty Bugle / in BLOG, Product Reviews / 2

A blush for for all seasons MAC Springsheen

I picked up this blush at the weekend because I ‘ve always heard such rave reviews about it and that it was a dupe for the famous NARS Orgasm blush.

I have never owned the NARS blush, but from the swatches I’ve seen, this guy comes pretty close.

First off, a MAC Sheertone Shimmer blush is a wash of colour that will bring a subtle glow to your cheeks with a bit of shimmer.

MAC Springsheen Sheertone Shimmer Blush
MAC Springsheen Sheertone Shimmer Blush

MAC Springsheen Sheertone Blush is a light peachy-pink with golden shimmer, ideal for a natural flush with a hint of something special. I love the way this blush looks on me even though I was afraid that it would look too orange on my NC40 skin.

MAC Springsheen Sheertone Shimmer blush is a peachy gold shade.
MAC Springsheen Sheertone Shimmer blush is a peachy gold shade.

I’m cray cray over the sheen it leaves behind, such a golden gleam

Love that subtle sheen
Love that subtle sheen

 

I am in love with this MAC blush sheertone finish. This shade will look great on most skin tones. Brown girls like me and darker will rock this blush. However, I think this may come off too orange on very pale skin.

Beware, this blush may be sheer but it is super pigmented and if you don’t use a light hand, you will look like a clown who swallowed a giant light bulb.

MAC Springsheen Sheertone Shimmer blush is perfect for the day, yes, shimmer in the day . . . it was not a typo. Why? Because of its subtlety when applied correctly.

It can easily be built up for evening. It wears for about 5 hours on me before fading a touch.

If you like peach, corals or shimmer in your blush, then this is a must-have.

And while I love highlighters in all shapes, sides and forms, I’ll skip it when wearing this guy. I may even skip bronzer when I want a fresh glowing look because it has just enough golden tones to warm up my skin and just the right amount of shimmer for the day . . . what’s not to like?

Where to buy: www.maccosmetics.co.za or MAC counters nationwide

Price: R235

Posted by Beauty Bugle / in BLOG, Product Reviews

MAC gave me the perfect peach . . .

I’ve been on the hunt for a peach lipstick for a long time. Why? Peach conjures images of spring and summer, it oozes femininity and is just soooo pretty. Also, peach is one of those colours that takes 10 years of your age instantly, with the warmth of the shade exuding youth. I’ve always struggled to find the perfect peach lippie for my dark skin. Often, the lipstick will be marketed as ‘peach’ but it looks like brown or pink with a hint of orange … true story.

Recently, MAC came out with a collection called the Matte Lip and I was so late on the train that at the weekend, when I went to the MAC store and swatched a shade called Pander Me, which was the perfect dark peach I was looking for, I was told it was sold out.

And being limited edition, I knew I had to come up with a Plan B.

And after a whole lot of swatching, I found an identical shade, well, almost.

MAC Kinda Sexy (Matte) lipstick is a touch darker than Pander Me (LE).

MAC Kinda Sexy lipstick (left) with MAC Subculture lip liner.
MAC Kinda Sexy lipstick (left) with MAC Subculture lip liner.

While MAC describes it was a Neutral Pinky Rose, it swatched as a dark peach with a rose undertone with hints of mocha. All round is looks like a pretty peach on my lips. This is a great every day lipstick for dark skinned girls like me, who want liven up a neutral look that’s uber feminine and fresh.

This is a matte formula, so it can be drying, so prep those lips with a slathering of lip balm.

Quick tip: This is a matte formula so it can apply streaky. Use a lip brush to apply and blend out to get a smooth pout! I always line my lips and the perfect liner for is MAC Subculture. They work perfectly together. So girls, pucker up!

Where to buy: MAC FSS and MAC counters nationwide

Price: R195

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