Hi lovelies! Happy April! I know that I didn’t really include that many beauty posts in March, mainly because there was so much going on, so I’m trying to play catch-up today. I’m going to post pictures and then give a quick run-down on everything. I thought I was doing well with cutting down on my makeup spending, but after finishing this post, I realized I should probably set more serious goals for May (since my birthday is later this month and I’ll buy as much makeup as I want to! lol). And just to warn you…this post is quite long. Sorry, not sorry. 😀
There were so many MAC Limited Edition collections to keep up with in March, it was making my head spin. It’s a miracle that I got just about everything I wanted. I gave up on the last few collections because I didn’t have the energy to deal with them.
Summer Opal Beauty Powder from the Bao Bao Wan Collection – absolutely beautiful! I forgot to swatch it, mainly because I have no idea what dupes to pair it with, but if you want a really nice buildable peachy glow, you should try to get your hands on this.
Julia Petit x MAC Collection – Boca lipstick (left), Acai lipstick (right), Linda blush
This collection looked promising from the start and it did not disappoint. Boca is the pinky nude I’ve been looking for and looks beautiful with a variety of lip pencils. I actually wore it in the romper/statement clutch post I did not too long ago. It’s similar (on most people) to Faux from MAC. I’m not going to lie, I bought Acai mainly for its name, but it’s a beautiful matte purple that isn’t too drying. You can get away with wearing Rebel from MAC and dabbing translucent powder over it.
Swatches with flash on NC42 skin (Boca, Acai, Linda)
Colourpop released their blushes in February and they do not disappoint!
L-R: Pegacorn blush, Punky lippie pencil, Fruit Stand blush
L-R: Fruit Stand, Pegacorn, Punky
Not that I’ve ever had anything to worry about with Colourpop, but their blushes are just as pigmented as their eye shadows. A lot of people were worried that the blushes would only be able to be applied with their fingers, but I found that they applied just fine with my Real Techniques blush brush. To be honest, I haven’t tried the lip pencil yet, since I haven’t done magenta/pink lips since buying it, but I love Colourpop’s lippie pencils!
Anastasia Beverly Hills
Anastasia blew everyone away with her contour kits and eyeshadows, and now her lip products are taking the beauty world by storm. Her liquid lipsticks were actually released a few months ago, but I’ll go more into why I haven’t posted about them until now in a few.
Swatched on NC42 skin with no flash
I wore this liquid lipstick in one of my previous posts. It’s gorgeous, there’s no denying that. The only reason why I’m iffy about purchasing any more of the Anastasia liquid lipsticks is because of my experience with them. The night they were released, I purchased the shade Lovely. When I got it, the application was extremely patchy and the colour looked horrible on me. I had to use a super dark lipliner to get it where I wanted it to be…such a hassle. I exchanged it for Carina which is a really pretty pink colour, and that looked even worse. The application wasn’t as patchy, but it looked like a highlighter exploded all over my lips and I wish I was exaggerating. Customer service was awesome and let me exchange it again, and I went with a dark shade (Sad Girl) hoping that would be the last of my problems, and it was.
Final Verdict: I’m only going to buy the darker shades of this liquid lipstick. Thankfully they’re now at Macy’s Impulse stores so I can swatch them in person and won’t have any more surprises. Anastasia Beverly Hills also has new lip glosses that look absolutely amazing so I’m hoping to get my hands on a few of those!
NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Tahoe
This foundation does everything the name says it does. I would still recommend getting a sample of it from NARS or Sephora first before purchasing it, because it could break you out. I love lightweight foundations so this one is perfect for me – I describe it to my friends as a second skin that just feels like skin. The foundation is oil-free, so it’s probably more for those with oily skin than those with dry skin, but I’ve been applying the foundation with a stippling brush sprayed with MAC Fix+ beforehand and I haven’t had any problems with the foundation being too drying. My skin is dry in the winter and kind-of oily in the summer, so I guess I’ll find out about the drying part in December, if I stick with this foundation that long. I think I like it more than my MAC Match Master.
Aaaand that’s all, folks! The only things I have for sure on my April makeup list are Anastasia products (eye shadows, cream contour kit, and lip glosses). Have you tried any of these products? What do you think of them?
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