MAC ALLURING AQUATIC COLLECTION

967852_10152352888397377_2048063039_nHello my lovelies.This is going to be my first collaboration with my friend MARIAM SHAHJAHAN who is an amazing beauty and lifestyle blogger and a great friend<3 i mean i don’t think i need to introduce who she is right,everybody knows about her already 🙂  she is a sweetheart and we can talk for hours and hours about makeup and not get bored ❤ just like me she is super passionate about makeup and that shows in her blog,she will always give you her honest reviews no matter what,so you can totally trust her with all your beauty decisions 🙂 You guys have to go check her blog out and trust me you’ll be hooked,i specially love her drool worthy hauls.We both share our love for MAC and were super excited for MAC ALLURING AQUATIC COLLECTION,she got some shades i didn’t have and visa versa so we thought why not do a collab blog post.

10728756_10152352899002377_279506661_nMAC ALLURING AQUATIC COLLECTION came out few months back.I know this post is super late but how can i not post about this,i mean just look at it,Can we all take a moment to appreciate how beautiful the packing is.I am not the only one who think they did a fabulous job with the packing for this particular collection right!

All the products in this collection comes in a beautiful turquoise metallic packing with little droplets of raised water.So it gives an illusion of the product being wet.Absolutely gorgeous.By far my favorite mac packing to date.

I am such a suckers for limited edition makeup,write limited edition in front of anything and we all know i’ll go crazy over it.Mac is notorious with their limited edition collections,They just doesn’t want us to take a breather.Whenever i saw this collection for the first time i knew i have to dig my paws in it.These limited edition collection sells out fast but i had my eyes glued to their website and as soon as it got release i asked AMOR to order few of the products,these are the products i choose:

*MAC ALLURING AQUATIC COLLECTION LIPSTICK IN MYSTICAL.
*MAC ALLURING AQUATIC COLLECTION EXTRA DIMENSION BLUSH IN SEA ME HEAR ME.
*MAC ALLURING AQUATIC BRONZER IN REFINED GOLDEN

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SHADE:MYSTICAL

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SHADE:MYSTICAL

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SHADE:MYSTICAL

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MYSTICAL SWATCH

  • MYSTICAL LIPPIE:To be honest i bought mystical just because I absolutely loved the packing.I mostly wear bright/dark matte shade so this was soo not my kinda shade but since it was the most popular of the bunch i thought to order it.Whenever i applied it,it was love at first sight.This is such a beautiful “my lips but better kinda shade” for me.A perfect lipstick to pair with a dark smoky eyes or even with a natural look,i am obsessed with it now,too bad it was limited edition.I hope they bring back this shade,I for sure will buy a back up of it in a heartbeat.

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    BLUSH:SEA ME HEAR ME

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BLUSH:SEA ME HEAR ME

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BLUSH:SEA ME HEAR ME

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BLUSH-SEA ME HEAR ME :LEFT(SINGLE SWIPE SWATCH) – RIGHT(HEAVY SWATCH)

  • SEA ME HEAR ME EXTRA DIMENSION BLUSH :A gorgeous extra dimension blush which is described as “beige pink” is a mauvy warm tones pink which gives a beautiful sheen when applied on cheeks.This blush is not super pigmented and i mean it in a good way.It’s not like one application will give you a clown face.It’s very buildable and you can build it up or keep it sheer.I find it a perfect blush to pair with a red lipstick or any bright lipstick for that matter.I see myself wearing this blush more as we get into the fall/winter season.
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BRONZER:REFINED GOLDEN

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BRONZER:REFINED GOLDEN

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BRONZER:REFINED GOLDEN

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BRONZER-REFINED GOLDEN:LEFT(SINGLE SWIP SWATCH)-RIGHT(HEAVY SWATCH)

  • BRONZER REFINED GOLD:Ok so there is a story behind it AMOR couldn’t arrange this bronzer as it got sold out quick,but we had to meet some how lol,my amazing friend saw it at a mall in Lahore and picked up for me and send it all the way to Karachi so thank you soo much for that bakhtawar ❤ now coming back to the bronzer,I just started getting into bronzers lately,when i received it and saw it for the first time i thought it had way too much shimmer for my liking and it looked like reddish brown to me so i though this is definitely going to be a miss,but when i applied it for the first time,my brush did not pick up any shimmers and the bronzer itself was warm enough for my liking which was a pleasant surprise.It’s definitely a bronzing shade since it’s warm tone and not a contouring shade.Girls there is a difference between the two.You can also use this bronzer in your crease area to warm up your eye look.I sometimes do that and it looks gorgeous that way.So over all it worked out for me.I definitely prefer nars laguna over it though but i am glad i bought it.

I am absolutely loving the lipstick and blush from this collection,could have skipped the bronzer but now that i already have it in this gorgeous packing i am not complaining at all.

Marium bought the following product:

MAC ALLURING EXTRA DIMENSION EYESHADOW

  • SILVER SUN
  • FATHOMS DEEP
  • SEA WORSHIP

MAC ALLURING AQUATIC COLLECTION LIPSTICK

  • GODDESS OF THE SEA

Go visit her blog post To see what she has to say about this collection,click on her name and it will take you to her blog post MARIAM SHAHJAHAN ,SUBSCRIBE and show her some love ❤

AVAILABILITY:Unfortunately this was a limited edition collection and is no longer available,but mac keeps re promoting their shades too so if you like any of it keep your eyes out,they might bring it back with different packing.

REVIEW:MAC MINELARIZE SKINFINISH (SOFT AND GENTLE)

Way back when i started off with makeup i use to think that highlighters and illuminators are not meant for oily skin,and boy was i wrong.If applied properly it can look gorgeous.If you are somebody who loves a healthy glowy skin and what to know how to fake it this review is just for you ..Today i’ll be talking about MAC minelarize skinfinish.It’s a dome shaped baked powder highlighter that comes in a compact form and contains 10g of product.
It comes in 5 shades,

  • Lightscapade
  • Gold deposit
  • Cheeky bronze
  • Global glow
  • Soft and gentle

IMG_8880MAC soft n gentle was on my wishlist for soo long now but never got around buying it.So finally i caved in and bought one.It definitely is one of the most raved about mac product.I feel like even people who are not into make up knows about this particular product.So lets see if this cult product is worth the hype.

IMG_8877IMG_8878Let me tell you before you jump off your seats and think that this is a fake MAC ….. no it isn’t.Mac just re-launched their packing of few products,skinfinish being one of them and now it comes looking like this.The top part of the compact is matte while the bottom is glossy.It looks more bulky and some of the product shows through the plastic lid .MAC is written on top  and now it has a magnetic closure.I have to be totally honest with you.I did not like their new packing one bit.In fact i miss the old packing and kinda regret not buying it sooner,so definitely it will take some time getting use to it but on the plus side it is more sturdy with magnetic closure so the chances of breakage is less.

MAC describes it as
A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish.Smooths on:adding buffed-up highlights to cheeks and brows or an overall ultra deluxe polish

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In the pan it looks like a swirling marbleized domed shape powder of peachy bronze shade with some micro shimmers which is baked to perfection,but on application the shimmers does not show up and looks more of a peachy champagne highlight.I would suggest you moisturize your skin before applying any highlighter as it can accentuate the dry patches and that never looks pretty.

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LEFT (ONE SWIPE)-RIGHT (HEAVY SWATCH) INDOOR LIGHT

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LEFT (ONE SWIPE)- RIGHT (HEAVY SWATCH) OUTDOOR LIGHT

I tried this highlighter on my skin at mac counter and i was blown away by the results.It made my skin glowy and dewy without making it look oily.This highlight gives the most beautiful glow and makes your skin look healthy.It is a build-able highlight and photographs beautifully too.As it has a metallic finish,too much of it can make you look like you have tones of make up on and might end up looking unflattering and can accentuate your pores.Since it’s a peachy bronzy it can also makes you look tan so a gentle swirl is enough to apply on the high point of your cheeks and where ever else you like to highlight.This look gorgeous as a brow bone highlight as well.I use my real techniques setting brush to apply my highlighters.I feel it’s just the right size for any highlight application.I do notice some fall out as i swirl my brush through this product though,which is not that big of a deal as the product itself is gorgeous.I absolutely understand why this product is raved about so much.It definitely is one of my top favorite highlighters of all time and since it contains a wooping 10g of product and you just need a tiny bit for every application,i feel this is going to last me a lifetime so yes it’s definitely worth buying

PROS:

  • Gives healthy glow
  • Suits every skin tone
  • Little goes a long way
  • The intensity is build-able
  • Comes in a sturdy packing

CONS:

  • Can accentuate dry patches and large pores
  • Fall out
  • Pricy
  • Does not come with a mirror
  • If not applied properly it can make you look tan

 

AVAILABILITY:This product is available at official mac store,macys and nordstrom and cost $32.If you are a pro member you can get it for a lot cheaper.In Karachi you can find a small range of Mac cosmetics at EBCO,AGHAS,NAHEED.For full range you can contact any facebook makeup store the price ranges between Rs.3600/- to rs.3900/-.I bought mine from MACADDICT for rs 3600/-

P.S ..If you don’t want to spend that kind of money and are looking for an affordable drugstore dupe then be sure to stay tuned for for next post,it’s going to be just for you 😉

REVIEW:MAC RETRO MATTE LIPPIES

Who doesn’t love to have themselves some mac lippies. I for one am obsessed with them.Today i am gonna review mac’s retro matte finish lipstick. So first things first mac have a vast range of lipstick shades to choose from so picking  just one is impossible specially for a lipstick junkie like me 😉 Along with endless shades they have around 9 finishes which means they have a lippie for everyone.These lipsticks have a very sweet vanilla smells which is always a plus in my books

The finishes are as
Amplified
Amplified creme
Cremesheen
Frost
Glaze
Lustre
Matte
Retro matte
Satin

So today we are talking about their retro matte lipsticks.They have 5 shades in this finish.ruby woo,relentlessly red,flat out fabulous,all fired up and dangerous in there permanent line out of which i own 3 shades,relentlessly red,flat out fabulous,All fired up and will soon be ordering ruby woo.Although in the swatch Relentlessly red and all fired up looks similar but on lips they do not look same at all

Here are the pictures of the retro mattes along with there swatches

                                                                                         RELENTLESSLY RED

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Relentlessly red

Relentlessly red swatch-One swipe

Relentlessly red swatch-One swipe

Bright pinkish coral matte ( The description is spot on it’s a beautiful pinkish coral shade leaning more towards coral almost neon absolutely gorgeous)

                                                                                        FLAT OUT FABULOUS

Flat out fabulous

Flat out fabulous

Flat out fabulous swatch-One swipe

Flat out fabulous swatch-One swipe

Bright plum matte( it’s a cool tone beautiful fuchsia plum color not too purple not too plum. Just the right amount.People who want to use purple/plum lipstick and don’t want to take risk this one is just for you guys)

                                                                                              ALL FIRED UP

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All fired up

All fired up swatch-One swipe

All fired up swatch-One swipe

Bright fuchsia matte(the name says it all. It’s a stunning bright fuchsia matte lipstick.It’s a statement shade for sure)

From left to right Relentlessly red,Flat out fabulous,all fired up

From left to right Relentlessly red,Flat out fabulous,all fired up

Swatches from left to right Relentlessly red,Flat out fabulous,all fired up-One swipe

Swatches from left to right Relentlessly red,Flat out fabulous,all fired up-One swipe

As far as the formula is concern it’s a retro matte finish. Now retro matte finishes are suppose to be more creamer then there mattes. I feel they are a tad bit drying just like the way matte lipsticks are in general.I am use to wearing matte lippies. In fact matte formulas i prefer over any other so i didn’t mind it. But if you find it to be drying you can apply a thin layer of lip balm and then apply the lipstick on top and you are good to go.The plus side of matte and retro matte formula is they’ll stay put on your lips for hours. I find they last on my lips for a good 4-5 hours and leave behind a stain so i don’t have to apply it through out. So girls who don’t like to wear matte formulas should skip it and girls who wants a long lasting lippie this one is for you 🙂

PROS

  • Scent(If u enjoy scented lippies)
  • Long lasting leaves a stain behind so u don’t have to reapply
  • Pigmented
  • No bleeding so u don’t have to use a lip liner with it

CONS

  • Slightly drying
  • Scent(Can be a con for someone who does not like scented lip product.The scent is quit strong)
  • It’s expensive

AVAILABILITY:I bought mine from a lovely facebook page who deals with all genuine mac products called macaddict for rs 2100 a piece.facebook