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Gradient/Ombre Lips

Today I wanted to try something new with my lipstick: Gradient lips! I love the look of gradient lips because it looks so fresh and cute. This was a trend started in South Korea and is part of the whole ‘Ulzzang’ trend and is very popular there. It’s only become a trend over here recently and I haven’t seen much of it lately because of the dark hues being worn during the winter. The purpose of the gradient lips is the opposite of a vampy, red lip; it’s more on the innocent side and makes your makeup and your face look more youthful and fresher. So to do the gradient lips, you need two colors that are in the same family, one should be lighter and the other should be darker/deeper than the other. The lighter color should go on the outer part of your lips and the brighter color should go on the inner part of your lips. Image                                                               I used these two lipsticks: Cozy Up and Purty Persimmon

As you can see Purty Persimmon is a really bright orange red color and Cozy Up is a pretty nude color that’s sort of coral-ish when you put it on.

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Here’s my attempt at the gradient lips.

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It’s kind of hard to see the gradation on camera but in real life it looks a lot more vivid.

It really looks pretty and summery and kind of like you were sucking on a popsicle or lollipop LOL. I’d definitely try to wear this more in the spring and summertime because it’s perfect for warm, beach weather. This kind of gradient lip is the type that looks good with any lip shape and flatters most makeup looks; especially young, fresh-faced natural makeup.

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MAC Lipsticks Review/Swatches

ImageToday I’m going to give my two cents on these two lipsticks right here. MAC is home to an amazing collection of lipsticks and cosmetics. Among these are the two shades featured in this post, which are Russian Red and Cozy Up. Both are complete opposite shades as one is a bold red whilst the other is a subtle nude peachy color.
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                                   These are the shades swatched out on my arm.

Now Russian Red is something serious; it leaves quite the stain even after most of the lipstick has rubbed off. It’s something you would want to wear if you’re going to be out all night partying. Cozy Up, on my skin, is very nude almost to the point of blending into my natural skin tone. Therefore, I don’t think this is the right shade of nude for me. However, if I layer a gloss over it, the color shows up better.

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MAC Studio Fix Powder Review

I’ve got to say that this is the only powder that has touched my face for the past couple of years. To me, it’s THAT good. I can’t get over how amazing the coverage and feel of this pressed powder is. I know a lot of people are into mineral powders and stuff but for me this pressed powder is fantastic! I apologize in advance for the look of the compact, it’s been through some rough times haha. I have a medium olive skin tone and so my shade is a NC 35. What I like about MAC Cosmetics is that they carry tons of shades for warm AND cool skin tones. My skin tone is warm which is why I’m a NC instead of an NW. Apparently, NC means Not Cool and NW means Not Warm.

This powder has incredible staying power, it doesn’t melt or smudge or look cakey at all. On some days, if I’m having a really good skin day and only need to run a quick errand, this powder is all I need. What I also like is that the coverage is buildable and you put as much as you want if you blend it in properly. Also, one compact has lasted me for more than a year and I’ve used it on a daily/regular basis. So even though it may seem pricey, you definitely get your money’s worth.
Like all MAC Cosmetics, the studio fix has a sleek black design and is quite minimalistic and to the point. Nothing flashy and pretty but it gets the job done.

Here are the pros and cons summarized:

Pros:
– Great coverage
– Easy to blend and apply
– Long staying power
– Lots of shades
– Doesn’t look cakey
– Is non-comedogenic (doesn’t break you out)
– Buildable coverage
– Lasts for a very long time
– Compact is durable, doesn’t break easily.

Cons:
– Can be considered pricey (however, you get your money’s worth!)

Where you can buy: The MAC counter in Macy’s, the MAC store anywhere and the maccosmetics.com website. I’m sure there are a lot of other retailers that sell it but these are a few popular ones.

Has anyone tried this powder before or any other MAC powder? Let me know what you think!

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MAC Eyeshadow Review

 

This shadow here is a very unique color. It leans to the pumpkin side but somehow reminds me of red sands/bricks you would find in something like Aladdin or a color such as saffron. It has a very Eastern look/feel to it. I’ve been reduced to analyzing the looks of eyeshadows; LOL what has my life come to? This color is called RULE and it’s a matte color, so no shimmers or anything here. I personally prefer shimmery eyeshadows because they tend to show up brighter and better if you wear glasses and such.

What a pretty, pure color!

Here’s a swatch on my arm: 

It’s very pigmented and subtle enough to wear on a daily basis. If blended properly it can create a perfect nude/natural eye, which is great during the day. If you’re trying to go for a night look, you should probably reach for the shimmery shadows.

Rate: 4.5/5

 

 

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MAC’s Mineralize Blush Review

 

Taking a break from all the eyeshadow posts, here’s one on MAC’s Mineralize Blush in Dainty. 

I personally feel that you can never go wrong with MAC Cosmetics, except for their foundations…LOL something about the smell just turns me off. 

Being a mineral-based blush, this is definitely not matte so if you’re a matte blush person this product is not for you. It’s got little shimmers and such that give it a luminescent effect when applied. Here’s a swatch:


Now, Dainty is not a color I’d usually wear because of it’s sort of Barbie pink pigment and shimmer but hey, there’s a first time for everything. When applied as heavily as I swatched it, 2-3 swipes, it looks like an overload of blush. But when blended out, like you would do with a brush when applying to your face, it turns into a luminescent peachy glow.

It’s not heavy at all so you don’t look or feel like a clown LOL. Instead it gives you a nice natural, (minus the shimmers) finish, kind of like how your cheeks would turn pink in the color during winter. This blush, though, may be more suited for summer, when you want to have a glowing look but not for Fall/Winter when you want to look very natural and matte. However, if you’re a person who doesn’t care about trends…especially fleeting makeup trends, then you can wear this as much as you like. 🙂

Rate: 4.5/5

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Little Summer Goodies

So I’ve recently acquired some products that I’m really excited to start/keep using. Some are samples I’ve received by ordering products online and some are full sized products. So to start, my absolute favorite moisturizer has to be Clinique’s dramatically different moisturizing gel and lotion. I’m currently using the dramatically different moisturizing lotion but it’s almost finished so I got the gel. I like to keep interchanging the gel and lotion depending on the season, and my skin needs. 

Clinique’s moisturizers are incredibly gentle on my skin, which is very sensitive, and provide all day hydration. I’ll be doing a more in-depth review of this moisturizer because I just love it so much.

Now here is a Clinique product I haven’t tried before; the pore minimizer thermal activated cleanser that opens up pores for deep cleaning.  This looks promising so I’ll try this product and possibly do a review on it also.

Next up is the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair sample that I received from my aunt, who is a huge Estee Lauder fan (she’s definitely trying to convert me). It’s a really light serum that goes on right before your moisturizer. It’s specifically for anti-aging, hydration and keeping skin looking young and glowing. But, seeing as I’m still young, I have no wrinkles so I can’t testify for the wrinkle-reducing properties.

And here we have the Estee Lauder Lash Primer Plus. It’s basically a primer for your lashes and helps mascara go on and adhere better. Can’t wait to try that out.

 And this is the Estee Lauder Double Wear lip pencil in Spice. I’m usually not a fan of dark lip-colors particularly because I find it unflattering on my skin-tone. However, this seems to be a very natural looking lip pencil and it doesn’t smudge at ALL. Once it’s on, it stays on.

Then we have a Victoria Secret Blush/Highlighter Duo in Runway. I love the contrast of both colors, I particularly like the highlighter color more than the blusher but I’ll have to test them out and see how they look with each other.

I’m almost done! Since my favorite, favorite, favorite lipstick from SEPHORA Collections is breathing its last days, I got a MAC lipstick of the same color family (Coral), in Crosswires. I love the color Coral because it looks very flattering against my skin and it’s just so bright and summery. Crosswires is a pinky-orange color which I adore though it’s not the exact match to the R15 of the Sephora Rouge Collection, the Sephora Rouge is more of a light coral while Crosswires is a coral pink. Doesn’t matter, I love them both.

I have a drugstore mechanical eyeliner in Metallic Silver. Can’t say much about it except the color rubs off really fast.

And lastly, I have a sample of the Time Revolution Essence from Missha. Haven’t tried it yet so don’t know if it works well or not.

And that was my little (pretty long) overview of some products I got this summer :3 Have you guys tried any of these? Let me know what you think!