Mac Oil Control Lotion-What is This Stuff?

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I was recently at the MAC store in town, and I asked to be matched with a new shade of Studio Fix Fluid Foundation.  I explained my skintype to the artist, which is combo/oily, and she prepped my skin with the MAC Oil Control Lotion.

I decided to purchase the new shade of Studio Fix Fluid, and the associate asked me if I also wanted to purchase the Oil Control Lotion, but I declined, as it just wasn’t in my budget.

When I got to the till, I noticed that there were $10 minis of various products, and the Oil Control Lotion happened to be one of them.

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Out of the bottle, the fomula is somewhat runny, and immediately absorbs into the skin.

I have used this lotion 3 times and I’m slightly on the fence about it.  It has a really pleasant smell, the formula is not too thick, but it absorbs into the skin quickly and doesn’t really do much moisturizing.  It does however really control oil.  My skin stays EXTRA MATTE with this Oil Control Lotion under my foundation and powder.  Is it a moisturizer, is it a primer?  I’m not 100% sure.

I need to play with this formula a little more to balance my skin.  With this lotion, I can feel my makeup sitting on top of my skin, and it seems to make my makeup look a little cakey.  So I think I might need to do a water spritz or finishing spray on top of my finished makeup so it has a little more natural look.

The bottle says you can use it day or night, but I would never use this at night because I like moisture on my face at night, so I will continue to try this Oil Control Lotion, but only under makeup.

Have you tried Mac Oil Control Lotion?  Do you like it?

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MAC Rocky Horror Collection SWATCHED! I see you shiver with antici… pation

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I have been dying in anticipation for this collection.  Ever since I heard that it was going to come out, I had a wishlist in mind of what I was going to get.  Then I lost my job.  Booooo!

When I got the e-mail from MAC Tuesday annoucing the release, I was devastated that I would not be able to get the collection, and that it would be completely sold out by the time I would be able to purchase it.

I went to my local MAC store on October 2nd to window shop the collection and by 11:00 am, some of the items had already sold out.  Oh well.

I put the collection out of my mind and continued the day with errands a cleaning house, when later that night, my ridiculously amazing husband told me he had something for me in my master bathroom.

I walked in and IMMEDIATELY spotted the lovely black paper MAC bag sitting on my counter.  I unloaded it to see that he purchased ALMOST THE WHOLE COLLECTION for me.  What a generous husband.

So now I am glad to say that I am able to show you guys some swatches!

My skintone range is a NC37 to an NC42

Riff-Raff Shadow Palette

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The formula of this shadow palette applies beautifully and while you can’t tell from the swatches on my arm, they do look gorgeous on top of a primer.  This is a great palette to use day or night.  I wore the three shadows on the left side of the palette last night, and it helped me create a really soft and pretty 1920’s look.  I am really pleased.

Horror 7 Lash

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These are the same as the Marge Lashes from the Simpsons Collection, and also a part of the permanent collection for MAC.

Rocky Horror Lip Pencil in Vino

(They also sold him Fashion Boost and Bespoken For)

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Top to bottom:

Vino

Bespoken For

Fashion Boost

Rocky Horror Lipstick

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Top to bottom:

Strange Journey

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I love love love love love these lipsticks.  They glide on smooth and have a gorgeous color payout.  These Rocky Horror lipsticks are great for any season, and would look great on any skintone.

Rocky Horror Powder Blush

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You can see a very light swatch of this blush down the center of my arm, I will have to play with this blush a little more to see how I can get the most color out of it.  It is really pretty in the pot though.  This shade is called Crazed Imagination, it is a muted plum with a hint of pink pearl.

Rocky Horror Sculpt and Shape Powder

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This powder is for highlighting and contouring, in Bone Beige/Emphasize.

Rocky Horror Glitter

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The store was sold out of this glitter but, the sales associate was really nice and gave my husband a sample to try.

Rocky Horror Studio Nail Lacquer

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He chose the nail lacquer in the shade Formidible.  It is a dark teal with pink multi changing pearls.  Nice color, and the formula dried fairly quick.  Reminds me of a dark mermaid type of shade.

So there you have it, a bulk of the Rocky Horror Picture Show collection.  I am very pleased with all of the products I was able to get from this collection.  All of the shades are versatile, and the packaging is out of this world.  A very well put together collection by MAC.

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Were you able to get anything from this collection before it sold out, or are you holding out for the holiday collections?

MAC Pump: Is $10 Too Much?

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I have been a MAC fan for years! I have used Studio Fix powder for about 12 years, and last year before I got married I was looking for the perfect wedding foundation and found Studio Fix Fluid. What bothered me most, was that it didn’t come with a PUMP! Grrr.

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Pouring product on my hand didn’t really bother me much, what bothered me was the mess when I screwed the cap back on. The residual foundation would seep out when screwing on the cap, and make a mess.

My old Studio Fix Fluid without the pump.  You can see where the foundation would seep out, and the wear on the cap from having to wipe it down before putting it away.

My old Studio Fix Fluid without the pump. You can see where the foundation would seep out, and the wear on the cap from having to wipe it down before putting it away.

I recently purchased a new Studio Fix Fluid in a different shade, (I was finally color matched perfectly after all of these years!) and decided it was the right time to purchase a pump, for an easier and more sanitary foundation application.

I am really glad I purchased the pump because it will keep air and germs out of the bottle.  The head of the pump locks and has a cap so there is less chance of mess and waste of your precious foundation.

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HOWEVER, when I checked my receipt once I got home, I saw that the pump which used to cost $6 not so long ago, is now $10! That’s a lot of money for such a small piece of plastic! I’m really disappointed that MAC would charge so much for something that should automatically come with their Studio Fix Fluid foundation.

While I’m happy the pump will serve its purpose, I’m not convinced it is worth the price.

The foundation pump is the perfect accessory for a bottle of Studio Fix Fluid.

The foundation pump is the perfect accessory for a bottle of Studio Fix Fluid.

What are your thoughts? Do you think this is a fair price for the pump? Do you use Studio Fix Fluid?  Do you think I’m just being cheap?

MAC Brooke Shields Collection-Misses the Mark When None of the Shadows Are Named Blue Lagoon

Cara Delevingne is that you?  Oh wait, it's just Brooke Shields from the 80's...

Cara Delevingne is that you and your brows? Oh wait, it’s just Brooke Shields from the 80’s…

If you have been following me, you know I love a super long post title.  #sorrynotsorry

This morning while checking my emails, I saw that I got a message from MAC, about this new Brooke Shields Collection, that I had no idea was coming out.  I’m a little confused by the collaboration, because although Ms. Shields is known for her brows, I don’t think of her as a celebrity who has as big connection to makeup.

I browsed the collection, and it’s nice.  The colors are pretty, and the packaging is okay, but nothing I haven’t seen before.

*All product photos via maccosmetics.com

Brooke Shields Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow

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Left: Trusted Instinct

Right: Mortal

These shadow sets have 5 complimentary shadow colors that range from matte to super shimmery.  The shadow sets retail for $44 each.

Gravitas Eye Shadow X 15

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The shade names in this set are: Pretty, Soft Brown, Expensive Pink, Clove, Satin Taupe, Canter, Luscious, Antiqued, Psyche, Carbon, Shroom, Persuade, Plummed, Lofty and Pepper.  This shadow palette retails for $85, which is a great value for 15 MAC shadows, but with so many quality and less expensive palette choices out there, this is a big out of my range.

Brow Set

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This clear brow gel retails for $17.  I’m actually really pleased that they included this in the collection because Brooke was all about the brows back in the day!

Veluxe Brow Liner

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Veluxe Brow Liner has a powdery matte formula.  The shade available as part of this collection is Brunette, which is described as a “Muted mid-tone grey.”  Veluxe Brow Liner retails for $20.

Opulash Optimum Black

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This is a new formula from MAC that is supposed to be more a more intense black, and give your lashes more volume, curl and length.  This formula is supposed to last a full 15 hours.  Retail cost is $17.

Brooke Shields Lipstick

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Left: Excite

Right: Gospel

These two lipsticks are really gorgeous shades.  They both retail for $22, and look like they can look great on many skin tones.  Of the collection, I am interested in these lipsticks the most, but maybe that is because I am a lipstick junkie.

Brooke Shields Tinted Lipglass

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Left: Artful

Right: Knockout

Retail: $22

Brooke Shields Creme Color Base

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These cream colors are BEAUTIFUL!  They coordinate so well with the lipsticks and shadows in this collection.  These creme colors can be applied on bare skin or over makeup.  The color is buildable.  I have a hard time with cream based products on my face because I am oily, but I may give these a try because the color is great.  This set retails for $31.

Brooke Shields Bronzing Powder

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This bronzing powder retails for $27.50 and is in shade Scone.

Brooke Shields Studio Nail Lacquer

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These nail lacquers are also a hit for me.  Especially the Pricey shade.  Retail cost: $17.

You can get the whole collection here: Brooke Shields Collection

Did you know this collection was coming out?  If so, were you excited for it?  Now that you know it’s here, are you going to pick up any of the Brook Shields Collection?

MAC Trend Forecast Palettes for Spring 2015

While window (computer screen) shopping today, I saw that MAC has released a small collection for the looks of Spring 2015!  According to MAC these shades were the most talked about during Spring/Summer ’15 fashion weeks.

(All following images via maccosmetics.com)

Trend Forecast Spring 15/Eyes

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The six shades in this palette are: Blue Forecast, Night Walk, Urbanist, Superfresh, Power Player and Humble.  This palette retails for $40.  I am trying to find a reason to justify a purchase of this, but I have the Anastasia Lavish palette which has a lot of the similar colors.  So i may have to pass.

Trend Forecast Spring 15/Lip and Cheek

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The six shades in this lip and cheek palette are: Go Guava, One to Watch, Spring Sensation, Must have Melon, Bang on Red and Seasonally Peach.  This palette also retails for $40.  I may have to purchase this one.  All of the shades look like they might compliment my skin tone nicely.

Studio Eye Gloss

Lightly Tauped

Lightly Tauped

Medoc

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Noticeably Noir

Noticeably Noir

Pearl Varnish

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Studio Eye Gloss retail for $21 each.

Trend Forecast Spring can be found on MAC.com

Final thought: The whole collection is dark toned and very wearable for Fall.

Are you going to get a heads up on Spring trends and purchase any items from the Trend Forecast Spring Collection?

The Siiiiiimpsons-MAC Simpsons Collection With Swatches

Real-Life Marge Simpson Model:  Kate Moukhina Makeup: Veronica Ershova Hair:  Mikhail Kravchenko Photographer: Alexander Kholov

Real-Life Marge Simpson
Model: Kate Moukhina
Makeup: Veronica Ershova
Hair: Mikhail Kravchenko
Photographer: Alexander Kholov

Before I dive right in, let’s take a minute to slow-clap for the team that created this real life Marge Simpson look.  Clap…Clap…Clap

A few weeks before San Diego Comic Con, I came across a couple of articles talking about a new Simpsons makeup collection to be released by MAC at the MAC store near the convention.  I was already expecting a special release from MAC relating to the convention, since they released MAC Archie Girls last year at the convention.

2014 marked 25 years that The Simpsons have been on the air, and MAC had the perfect idea for a tribute, a collection based loosely on the show, with Marge at the forefront.  

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Included in the collection are two shadow quads, I picked up Marge’s Extra Ingredients Quad.  The colors of this quad are pretty vibrant, but they seem versatile.

Fantastic Packaging!  High Quality!

Fantastic Packaging! High Quality!

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The Simpsons 7 Lash, which I understand are the normal 7 Lash that they carry, but I ordered two pairs because I couldn’t resist the packaging.

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The Simpsons Nail Stickers, which I did not purchase because I didn’t think I would wear them.  They are cute though!

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I expected there to be a few lipsticks in this collection, but they opted to release four shades of The Simpsons Tinted Lipglass instead.   

Nacho Cheese Explosion:  Bright neon lime yellow

Grand Pumpkin:  Bright creamy orange

Red Blazer:  Bright fuschia

Itchy & Scratchy & Sexy: Electric blue violet

I purchased Red Blazer because that was the shade that appealed to me most.

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There are also two powder blushes in The Simpsons Collection in Pink Sprinkles which is a cute blue pink, and Sideshow You which is a light peach coral.  I purchased Sideshow You, and I didn’t want to dip into the pan because I would hate to mess up the Marge portrait that is stamped in the blush.

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The quality of this collection is very high, and I am really happy with the items I chose.  The packaging is visually appealing and functional.  Overall an A+ for this whole collection!  This is a limited edition set, so please purchase while supplies last!  

 

Did you purchase anything from this collection?  Were you impressed? 

MAC Rocky Horror Collection-And Why I’m Mad

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Today I’ve been hearing (reading) murmurings of MAC Cosmetics’ Rocky Horror Picture Show collection that will be coming out on October 2nd.  I know people have been talking about it since early summer, but somehow it skipped my mind until I heard more about it today.  This release is to celebrate the cult classic’s 40th anniversary.  Okay, so I’m not really mad per se, just irritated ’cause like MAC, please give my wallet like two seconds to recover, k?  I just purchased items from The Simpson’s collection, (review coming soon) and now you’re telling me a month later I gotta look out for this collection?!  Oy vey! 

Photo of the Rock Horror Collection from trendmood.com

Photo of the Rocky Horror Collection from trendmood.com

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Now that my venting is done, I am happy to say that I am actually really excited for this collection.  The colors are dark and moody, and the perfect collection to send me full speed ahead into Fall.  

This collection will feature shadows, pigments, glitter, lipsticks, lip pencils, lashes, contour powder, blush, and nail lacquers.  

Here is a list of products that’s been going around, (Obviously not official): 

MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection:

Lipsticks: 
Sahara (Matte) Yellowish Brick-Red
Riri VS Vivid Blush Red Amplified Cream
Sin: Deep Dark Blue Red (Matte)
Deep Love: Deep Raspberry Blue Wine (Matte)

Lip Pencil:
Vino: Intense Violet Purple

Eye Shadows:
Graphic Style:  Deep Silver Veluxe Pearl
Original Plexi: Soft Muted White and Pearl Frost
Carbon Black: Intense Matte Black
Bold Babe: Greyish Blue with Pearl Frost
Blackberry: Muted Burgundy – Plum Brown (Matte)
Crystal: Violet DuoChrome w/ Pearlized Pigments (Frost)

Greasepaint Stick:
B* Bright Yellow Blue
Intense Black

Superslick Liquid Eyeliner:
On the Hunt: True Black

Chromographic Pencil:
Black
Basic Red: Primary Red

Powder Blush:
Crazed Imagination Sheertone Shimmer

Sculpt and Shape Powder:
Bone Beige Emphasis Nude Cream / Tan

Set Powder:
Invisible

Pigment:
Rock Red – Sparkling Burgundy

Zoom Fast Black Lash:
Deepest Black

Lashes:
7 Length – Natural Everyday Glam

Glitter:
Gold – Sparkling Chunky Gold
3D Black – Black Glitter and silver holographic mixed in

Nail Lacquer:
Bad Fairy: Red with multi changing pearlized pigments (Pearl)
Formidable: Teal Green with Pink Multi-changing pearlized pigments (Pearl)

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I really can’t wait to snag a few of the products from this collection.  The shades and type of products sounds absolutely up my alley!  I might have to ask my husband for an early Christmas present this year.  😉 

Are you excited for this collection?