MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 With Radiance Booster: Before and After

Published in: Face, MAC Makeup, Product Reviews

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New MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 tinted moisturizer ($35, available in nine shades)

You’ve got to “C” MAC’s new de-Lightful tinted moisturizer.

Get it…? C? As in “see”?

OK, that pun was bad. :) Sorry, but the product’s called Lightful C! Come on, you know I had to go there.

MAC Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 With Radiance Booster: What’s it all about?

Yes, MAC has a new tinted cream/moisturizer. Officially, it’s called Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF 30 With Radiance Booster and, um…could that name be any longer and more awkward? Maybe? Probably not.

Essentially, it’s a sheer coverage tinted moisturizer with skin care benefits. It’s designed to even out your skin tone without completely covering your natural skin color, which I think is really cool, and it does so while also blurring pores, controlling oil, protecting you from sun damage, and cranking up your natural radiance factor with a barely-there, subtle sheen.

It’s also supposed to reduce the appearance of dark spots over time. So, basically, it’s everything and the kitchen sink squeezed into a 1.3-oz. tube. Available in nine shades, including Extra light (a pale alabaster), Light (a pale ivory), Light Plus (a light beige), Medium (a warm beige), Medium Plus (a tan beige), Medium Deep (a caramel beige), Dark (a deep caramel), Dark Plus (a neutral tan beige) and Dark Deep (a rich golden bronze).

Ascorbyl glucoside power!

Lightful C Tinted Cream is the latest addition to MAC’s Lightful C product line, their skin care category dedicated to subtle brightening with the antioxidant power of “C,” as in vitamin C. It contains ascorbyl glucoside, a modified version of vitamin C that combines C with glucose, which supposedly makes it more stable in skin care formulas and cosmetic products, and it’s listed up high among the ingredients.

It’s always a bummer to me when the star compound is listed down at the bottom of the ingredients, so at least in this case, there’s presumably a significant amount of it in Lightful C Tinted Cream.

About vitamin C’s skin care benefits in general…

“It has been shown to increase collagen production (including dermal collagen, which is significant for wrinkle reduction), reduce the appearance of skin discolorations, strengthen skin’s barrier response, enhance skin’s repair process, reduce inflammation, and help skin better withstand exposure to sunlight, whether protected by sunscreen or not.”

-paulaschoice.com

‘Tis the season for sheerer coverage

I’m still madly in love my full-coverage foundations (see: Dior), but as summer approaches, I unconsciously transition to wearing sheerer coverage more, and Lightful C Tinted Cream SPF hits that spot. I like how it evens out my skin tone without covering everything up, so my skin still looks like mine, and not like someone/something else.

Also much appreciated…

  • The slight pore-blurring effect
  • How it doesn’t break up or settle into my fine lines as the day wears on
  • How it’s so lightweight that I forget I’m wearing it sometimes
  • How it layers well on its own, and with other products. I can build it up to to medium coverage when I wear it by itself, and where I need even more coverage, I’ll just spot blend a full-coverage foundation on top, and then dust powder on top of that.
  • The faintly floral fragrance that, despite the formula containing SPF, doesn’t smell like sunscreen
  • How it blends easily and doesn’t streak
  • That it hasn’t triggered any breakouts (knocks on wood)

Before Lightful C Tinted Cream

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Bare skin


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Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer: A Fabulously Affordable Option to One of My Favorite High-End Lippies of All Time

Published in: Daily Beauty

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Several lipsticks from the new Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer line ($18 each)

The only thing that could make these new Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primers better is if they actually came with Pop Tarts.

That, and if they were free and summoned fluffy kittens and unicorns. :)

By the way, if we’re handing out Pop Tarts here, I’ll take a strawberry with frosting, please. The others are a complete and total sham!

But I digress…

These new $18 lippies resemble one of my favorite high-end (much more expensive) lipsticks of all time. Keep reading to find out which one!

The Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primers: Deets you need to know/overview

  • These are a brand new line of $18 full-coverage, long-wearing, moderately moisturizing lipsticks with a built-in smoothing primer.
  • There are 16 unflavored, unscented shades divided into four color families — nudes, tawnies/corals, pinks, violets.
  • They have an interesting finish that I’d characterize as about two-thirds cream, one-third matte. Still a little shiny, but not completely matte. It reminds me of the NARS Satin Lip Pencils.
  • Texture-wise, they feel creamy and slightly thick on my lips but aren’t heavy.
  • I get five or six hours of wear time from the more intense shades, and four or five hours from the less intense ones.
  • Of the six I’ve tried, the vibrant, colorful shades, particularly hot pink Punch Pop, reddish coral Poppy Pop and warm red Cherry Pop impress me the most. One layer of each gives me full, even coverage that stays out of my horizontal lip lines (yay!).
  • I’m not crazy about pastel pinkish purple Fab Pop, though. It settles into my lip lines, looks patchy, and I can’t get it to stay where it belongs on my lips.
  • For me, the stars of this show are the brights! :) They totally remind me of Guerlain’s $51 Rouge G line. They look the same and feel the same to me, but they don’t taste or smell the same, so FYI, if you absolutely must have that rosy Guerlain flavor and scent, you won’t find that here.

    I still love the Rouge Gs to bits and probably always will, but these Clinique Pop Lips are a fabulously affordable $18 option (versus $51!).

Pop over to your neighborhood Clinique counter or Sephora store to check ‘em out (or find them online).

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Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer packaging


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Oribe Airbrush Root Touch-Up Spray Is One Hella Awesome Hair Product

Published in: Hair, Oribe, Product Reviews

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Two of the new Oribe Airbrush Root Touch-Up Sprays, $29 each

MIND BLOWN.

That’s all I have to say about Oribe’s new Airbrush Root Touch-Up Spray. That, and “wallet on five-alarm fire, holy sh*t!”

Honestly, and I know that I say versions of this all the time, but the last thing I needed was to get addicted to a $29 root touch-up spray in a tiny 0.7-oz. bottle, but it is what it is!

When your hair reaches that point when you really, really, REALLY should’ve gotten your roots done a week ago (or…a month ago), but your next salon appointment is still two weeks away, and then you spray this on your roots, and essentially see your hair revert back to its pre-rooty-root glory days in less than 30 seconds right before your eyes, it’s magical.

And dangerously addictive.

Because of the price.

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The MAC Wash and Dry Collection Brushes, Makeup Bag, Bronzers and Pro Longwear Waterproof Brow Sets

Published in: Collections, Eyes, Face, MAC Makeup, Makeup, Makeup Tools

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Clockwise from the top, the MAC Wash & Dry Makeup Bag ($35), 126SE Split Fibre Large Face Brush ($46) and 125 Split Fibre Dense Face Brush ($38.50)

Hmm… Just five quarters left!

That should be enough for this last load of MAC Wash and Dry collection products. We have two brushes, a makeup bag, four bronzers and some bits for brows.

Beginning with the brushes and bag…

MAC Wash and Dry Collection: Brushes and Bag

THE BRUSHES

  • How many are there in the release? There are two brushes in the collection — the 125 Split Fibre Dense Face Brush ($38.50) and 126 Split Fibre Large Face Brush ($46)
  • Uh…what’s a Split Fibre Brush? Good question. The brush heads are like two sides of a coin and have natural fibers on one side, and synthetic fibers on the other, so it’s designed to work with both cream (the synthetic fibers) and powder products (the natural fibers).

    They’re surprisingly handy. Mostly, I’ve been using these for applying products and blending them out, and I’ll apply whatever I’m working with — bronzer or blush, for instance — with one side of one of the brushes, and then I’ll flip the brush over and blend out the edges with the other side. It’s akin to having two different brushes in one.

    Both sides feel soft, with the synthetic bristles being slightly stiffer, which makes them ideal for picking up lots of product (like with the Studio Sculpt Bronzing Powders).

  • How well do they work overall? I think the 126 Split Fibre Large Face Brush ($46) is probably the better value. I like the size of the brush head. It’s big, so it covers a lot of surface area and is good for quickly erasing and diffusing edges. I’ve used it with bronzer, powder and blush, and it works well for them all. It’s a true multitasking tool — yes, on the expensive side, as it’s almost $50 (!), but it’s well-made and versatile.

    As for the 125 Split Fibre Dense Face Brush ($38.50), it’s an adequate contouring brush, and it looks cool…but unless you plan to contour every day, you may not get as much use out of it as the Face Brush.
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Chanel Summer 2015: Stylo Yeux Waterproof in Orchidée

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Chanel Summer 2015 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Orchidée ($32)

Rise and shine, fellow lover of colorful lower water lines (maybe?)! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

I’ve been on a colorful lower water liner kick lately, and Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Orchidée ($32), available now as part of the Chanel Summer 2015 Collection, is currently satisfying that urge to kick.

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Wearing Orchidee on my lower lash and water line

Here’s a brief breakdown of this flower’s important points (Orchidée means orchid en français)…

Chanel Summer 2015: Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Orchidée ($32)

  • Vivid violet cream Orchidée is the only liner in the Chanel Summer 2015 Collection.
  • It’s limited edition, $32 and available now.
  • Typical of Chanel’s Stylo Yeux liners, the formula is a little on the hard side, but the texture still feels very smooth.
  • Wear time is about 6-8 hours on my lash lines and 5-6 on my water lines.
  • To get really high-intensity purple color from it, I use 3-4 layers on my water lines and 1-2 on my lash lines.
  • If you have trouble getting the formula to stick to your water lines, make sure your water lines are thoroughly dry before applying it. I’ll run a Q-tip carefully along my water line (and by “carefully,” I mean, “DON’T POKE YER EYE OUT, KID!”) beforehand. Then after applying I’ll let the formula set for a minute before going in for another layer. Repeat until you get the level of intensity you want.
  • I love Orchidée paired with warm browns and rose golds on the lids like I’m wearing in the pic above. :)
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Chanel Summer 2015 Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Orchidee ($32)

P.S. I hope your Cinco de Mayo has gotten off to a good start. Mine’s been pretty good so far. The missing screws for that gigantic pink shelving unit I told you about are supposed to arrive today, yay!

And I’m looking forward to perhaps a lunch of yummy fish tacos. :)

P.P.S. In other news, what are your favorite apps on your phone? I haven’t updated mine in a while, and I’d like some new apps. Thank you in advance.

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