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Hey everyone! Long time no see, I know, but I’ve been super busy with work, as in glamming people up!

Yesterday I just wrapped on a couple of shoots for a calendar that’s for a local charity, which I will share on here as soon as I get approved images from the photographer. I’m super excited about it because I got to do some really creative makeups as well as some classic looks and they all turned out SO well!

I’ve been trying to come up with a better layout/outline for reviews to make it easier to read when you’re in a hurry, but I still want to cover all the important parts, as always. I think I may split posts between a brief rundown and a more in-depth/how-to, or put the more extensive part below the summary… What are your thoughts on this? I’d love for some input!

Some additional ideas for regularly featured posts are monthly favorites, what’s trending in the makeup world, and adding a skincare feature each week for “Skincare Sunday” of something new or something that’s a must have product for me. I’m working on the whole YouTube thing but I’m still getting the hang of it and learning to edit, as well as overcoming my anxiety with filming (yep, I have anxiety disorder and it flares up PRETTY bad over some things)… Making videos is NOT as easy as it looks, but I’m getting there! I feel like I don’t want to half-ass my videos and disappoint anyone, ya know?

I’ve picked up a TON of new products over the past couple of months, which I’m currently photographing and rephotographing with my new lighting setup… I mean I’m working on it at this moment! So here are some of the posts that will be coming up in the near future:

  • Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
  • Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment
  • Sunday Riley UFO Clarifying Face Oil
  • Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil
  • Melt Cosmetics Hot Box Collection Haze Eye Shadow Stack
  • Melt Cosmetics Hot Box Collection Lipstick in Cherried
  • Melt Cosmetics Hot Box Collection AllDay/Everyday Lip Liners in Kink and Edible
  • Melt Cosmetics Hot Box Collection AllDay/Everyday Eye Liners in Baked and Bloodshot
  • Jeffree Star Summer Chrome Collection Lip Vault (all 8 Velour Liquid Lipsticks and all 5 Lip Ammunition Lipsticks
  • Jeffree Star Summer Chrome Collection Watermelon Gum Lip Scrub
  • Jeffree Star Summer Chrome Collection Skin Frosts in Summer Snowcone and Crystal Ball
  • Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks (several permanent colors)
  • Jeffree Star Beauty Killer Eye Shadow Palette
  • Jeffree Star Princess Cut Skin Frost
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette (not sure why I never posted it before?)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Glow in Perla, Bronzed, and Peach Fizz
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills new Matte Lipsticks – All 30 of them, but in singles or groups for posts… That would be too overwhelming as one review!
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills most recent single eye shadows from Summer 2017
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Lipglosses from Summer 2017 (only a few colors)
  • Kylie Cosmetics In Love with the Koko Collection Matte Liquid Lipsticks & Gloss
  • Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Matte Liquid Lipstick set
  • Kylie Cosmetics Send Me More Nudes Velvet Liquid Lipstick set
  • Kylie Cosmetics Koko Collection Matte Liquid Lipsticks (excluding Gorg) & Gloss
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Genius Gel SuperCharged Oil Free Foundation
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronzer in the color Tantric
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo Blushes
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Re(cover) Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter
  • L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara (waterproof and regular formulas)

There are a lot more products too, but that’s just some examples of what I’ve been photographing and testing recently. I plan on slowly posting EVERY Anastasia Beverly Hills Single Eye Shadow, Liquid Lipstick, and Lip Gloss too, as well as a lot of permanent products from MAC and other brands that have been my go-to’s for a long time!

Sometimes it may take me a while to get reviews up after a product launches because I do purchase everything myself, so I have to order it, receive it in the mail, THEN thoroughly test it out before I give you all my honest opinion. It’s also just dependent only work schedule at times, but I’m going to start pre-writing reviews so I can post them even when I’m swamped with other things and don’t have time to write!

I’ve been posting peeks at products on my TwitterInstagram and Snapchat more often and consistently, so be sure to go follow me on those platforms… All are under the name lesley_makeup.

Well, now you all know what’s been going on and what’s to come! If you have ANY suggestions for posts or products you’d like to see, please leave me a comment! I do this because of YOU, so your input is always appreciated!

Thanks for reading!

XO, Lesley

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Mac’s new Flamingo Park collection for Spring 2016 is full of bright pinks and corals to brighten things up since winter will hopefully be coming to an end soon! This is a sneak peek of all the upcoming posts I’ll be making about this collection through Sunday…

Enjoy and thanks for reading!

Note: I will also be reviewing the Beauty Powders, but I still need to photograph them.

 

 

Blush:

Let’s Be Friends – Life’s A Picnic – Oh, My!

Spring Flock – This Could Be Fun – What I Fancy

(Pink Swoon is permanent so I did not purchase or review that one)

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Lipstick:

Be Silly, Have Your Cake, Flocking Fabulous, Long Legged & Fabulous, Nice To Meet You, Please Me, Saint Germain, Silly, The Fashion Flock

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Cremesheen Glass:

Look Who’s Here, Petite Indulgence, Playful Petal, Such Sweeties, Sweet Tooth

(from top to bottom)

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Lip Pencils:

Chic Trick, Embrace Me, In Synch

(better photos will be in the blog post)

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Moody Blooms is a beautiful new collection from MAC that just came out yesterday, June 26th… It’s full of bright, rich colors in shades that remind me of exotic plants and flowers. There’s a wide array of products in this collection for the eyes, lips, and cheeks so you’re sure to find something you like!

It’s near impossible for me to get posts up the day of a collection release because I work for MAC and that’s the time I’m busiest… On the plus side, it gives me some extra time to try all of the products myself, use them on my customers, and get opinions from coworkers!  Over the next few days I’ll be posting reviews, photos, and swatches for the Sheen Supreme Lipsticks, Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tints, Eye Shadows, Beauty Powder Blushes, and Fluidlines… Until then, here’s a peek at everything!

 

Not shown but will be included in reviews: Worldly Wealth Beauty Powder Blush

Not shown but will be included in reviews: Worldly Wealth Beauty Powder Blush

MAC’s collaboration with Kelly and Sharon Osbourne was released a week ago on Thursday, June 12th at counters and stores and a week before online… A great deal of the products from this collection sold out ridiculously fast, the blushes being some of them. Unfortunately, that means you may have some difficulty finding Cheeky Bugger, but I will do my best to recommend some good dupes for you! If you can find it, you’ve very lucky! It’s a gorgeous blush and works well on fair to medium or medium-dark skin tones. I’m extremely lucky because my mom found this for me at a counter back “home” in Oklahoma and sent to to me all the way in Los Angeles so I could have it and review it on here for all of you. Thank you, mom! You’re the best!

 

Cheeky Bugger

Cheeky Bugger

 

MAC Powder Blushes are one of my favorite types of blushes ever… They’re highly pigmented and finely milled, so they always feel smooth and blend out easily. This particular blush is a Satin finish, which means it has great color and feels silky when applied. This finish gives the skin a natural looking sheen without being too glowy or having any shimmer.

There are several brushes I like to apply MAC’s Powder Blushes with… A 116 Blush Brush is small and somewhat fluffy, so it hugs the curve of your cheek and deposits color evenly. A 168 Large Angled Contour Brush works well too, and for some people, this is easier to apply blush with since it’s angled and tapered to fit the shape of the cheek perfectly. For lighter coverage, you can also use a 159 Duo Fibre Blush Brush… This one will deposit less color than the previous two brushes I mentioned, but still more than a Duo Fibre brush like a 188 or 187. MAC Powder Blushes apply best over whatever powder you use to set your foundation with… You don’t necessarily want to apply these directly on top of a liquid or cream foundation (unless it’s a cream to powder type of formula), because dry, powder products will cling to the cream or liquid product and be very difficult to blend out.

Like the rest of the MAC Osbournes collection, this blush has special packaging, which the same color and texture as the rest of the Kelly products, with a the plastic packaging being a light, violet color with a pearly finish. It also features her signature in red on the clear part of the lid. The cardboard box has a satiny finish with the same lilac color as the plastic packaging and also has Kelly’s signature on it. Since the packaging is special, it raises the price slightly, but I think it’s cute so it’s worth it to me!

 

Cheeky Bugger Blush Box

 

Cheeky Bugger Blush is limited edition and (if it’s in stock) available now online at www.maccosmetics.com, as well as at MAC stores and counters (Dillard’s, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Bloomingdales, etc). It contains the typical 6 g / 0.21 US oz of product and sells for $23, rather than the usual $21 since it has special packaging.

 

 

Cheeky Bugger Blush Label

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Blush swatches on NC20 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Blush swatches on NC20 skin.

Cheeky Bugger

Cheeky Bugger

 

Cheeky Bugger:   This blush is described as a “soft pink” and has a Satin finish… It’s a light, warm toned peachy pink with yellow based undertones… This make it a natural, but very flattering color for fair to medium skin tones (think anything up to about NC25 to NC30-ish). The finish has a satiny sheen, which gives the cheeks a natural glow without being too shiny. Color payoff is great and true to pan, while coverage is semi-sheer, but buildable… This is typical for a Satin finish blush. I got over 7 hours of wear before I noticed any fading at all. Cheeky Bugger feels very smooth and silky, making it easy to apply, layer, and blend out.

Dupes:   I had a hard time finding the perfect permanent dupe for Cheeky Bugger… Lovecloud Powder Blush is similar, but brighter, a bit darker/more intense, and more pink, but has the same type of Satin finish. Rosy Outlook Pro Longwear Blush is incredibly similar, but maybe a bit more peachy, and it has a more matte finish since it’s part of the Pro Longwear family. For a limited edition product, Legendary Blush (Marilyn Monroe, Sept ’12) is close, but slightly more peachy and has more of a glow, even though it’s also a Satin finish.

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:   4

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

MAC’s major Spring collection, A Fantasy of Flowers, isn’t just full of beautiful colors for lips and eyes… There are several products for cheeks too! There are two brand new Mineralize Blushes that were released with this collection that I’ll be reviewing in this post. I know this collection was released a little over a week ago, so I apologize for getting this post up so late. I’ve been working a lot and really got to play around with these products before reviewing them, though, so that’s a plus!

A Fantasy of Flowers is a big collection… It actually has two parts with separate displayers at counter, with one being green and displaying the more peachy and neutral colors, and one being pink and displaying the more pink and violet shades. There is one blush on each displayer as one is more warm toned and one is somewhat cool toned. All of these products can be mixed and matched, of course, but by dividing the colors a bit, MAC is just suggesting which colors work best with one another, so that’s kind of nice if you’re new to makeup or need some ideas!

Azalea in the Afternoon and Petal Power

Azalea in the Afternoon and Petal Power

MAC’s Mineralzie Blush is described as “Baked minerals refined into a powder formula to provide exceptionally sheer and lightweight application. Colour builds lightly, layer after layer, without heavy coverage. Veils and enhances the cheekbones with a luminous, pearlized shimmer.” MAC Mineralize Blushes are one of my favorite blush formulas of all time. They give off a radiant glow without being frosty. They have shimmer, but it’s subtle and they don’t contain the kind of shimmer particles that appear chunky or heavy. Mineralize Blushes have a soft, fine texture so they blend and layer beautifully. You can apply these as a light wash of color or more heavily for more color and coverage, depending on how much pigmentation and sheen you desire. The best part about these in particular is that they have this really beautiful, reflective almost iridescent pearl. I am OBSESSED with these!

If you want to apply these really lightly, a MAC 188 brush is best and gives you the most control. To apply a little more heavily or to a bigger area, you can use a MAC 187 brush (the larger version of the 188). For the most intense application (which still doesn’t look too heavy), you can use something like a MAC 168, 116, or 129 brush. Mineralize Blushes offer about 6-8 hours of wear before fading. On oilier skin, they may not last quite so long. On extremely oily skin or on skin with large pores, these may emphasize shine and pore size. However, using a mattifying and/or pore minimizing primer, like MAC’s Prep + Prime Skin Smoother, should eliminate or at least help out with that issue!

Azalea in the Afternoon and Petal Power

Azalea in the Afternoon and Petal Power

FoF Mineralize Blush Labels

These blushes are both limited edition and available now at stores, counters, and online at www.maccosmetics.com.  They contain the usual 3.2 g / 0.10 US oz of product and sell for $25. These may or may not be in stock at all locations, but I know most in my area still have a couple of them left. I believe that Petal Power may be sold out online for the time being, but check back since sometimes MAC restocks limited launches online!

FoF Mineralize Blushes with Names

Azalea in the Afternoon

Azalea in the Afternoon

Azalea in the Afternoon

Azalea in the Afternoon

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Azalea in the Afternoon:   This blush is a “mid tone blue pink” with a glowy finish. It’s a light to medium (depending on how much you apply), slightly cool toned pink with some soft blue/lavender undertones and a really unique, almost iridescent pearly, glowing finish… It’s like the cool tones actually give a pearlized highlight to this blush once it’s applied to the cheeks. It’s SO pretty! Color payoff is great, though this blush tends to look a bit cooler on the skin than in the pan. Coverage is nearly opaque if you want it to be, or more sheer if you apply it more lightly. This is typical and exactly how Mineralize Blushes should be. It feels a little powdery but still applies, layers, and blends out easily. I got about 7 hours of wear with Azalea in the Afternoon before I started to notice any fading. One note though… Because this is a cooler toned pink, I recommend this for people with very fair to medium skin tones. When applied on any darker skin tones, it can look so cool toned that it makes you look washed out. However, if you are medium-dark to deep, you can always lightly layer this over another blush to cool down the color and add a glow!

Dupes:   Dainty is the closest dupe I can think of that’s permanent, but it’s a warmer, more yellow based pink. It is a Mineralize Blush though, so it has the same type of finish. Other than that, you can try Well Dressed or Pink Swoon Powder Blushes, but they won’t have a glow. You can always layer a Mineralize Skinfinish powder over them (like Porcelain Pink or Perfect topping, which is from this collection), to add the Mineralize glow.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Petal Power

Petal Power

Petal Power

Petal Power

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Mineralize Blush swatched on NC15 skin.

Petal Power:   This Mineralize Blush is a “coral pink with gold shimmer” and has a super glowing finish. It’s a medium, bright but still soft, warm toned pink with coral undertones and a beautiful, warm golden sheen. Color payoff is bright and a near perfect match to how this blush looks in the pan. Coverage is sheer to pretty much full, depending on what type of technique and brush you use to apply Petal Power. It’s very smooth and silky, so it’s easy to apply and layer even though the color is fairly intense. I didn’t notice and fading with Petal Power until I had it on for about 7-8 hours. This blush is warmer and bolder than Azalea in the Afternoon, so it works on a wider variety of skin tones… I’ve tried this on a lot of people from super fair (like me) all the way up to dark-deep and it’s flattering on most people. The only thing is, it may need to be layered over another similar, more pigmented blush on dark to deep skin to get it to show up well, or it can be used as a warm highlighter on deeper skin tones.

Dupes:   NARS Orgasm is actually really similar but less pink and is harder to work with (in my opinion). For MAC dupes, I can’t think of any right now! If I come up with one, I’ll post it later. Petal Power is definitely unique enough that it’s worth stocking up on!

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

MAC’s Magnetic Nude collection is full of Extra Dimension products, so of course there are new Skinfinishes too! I am only reviewing Fairly Precious, since I have something similar to Magnetic Appeal and I already own Superb from a previous release (review can be read here). This particular formula has been released a few times already, but they’re always limited, so get your paws on them while you can! They’re so gorgeous!

Fairly Precious

Fairly Precious

MAC describes Extra Dimension Skinfinishes as “a liquid-powder highlighter with prismatic reflections that sculpts, highlights, and models the face. The cool, creamy near-fluid formula creates a luminous, well-defined finish. Lasts for 10 hours”. Extra Dimension Skinfinish is a really unique type of highlighter… It’s a very creamy, cool feeling formula that’s truly a powder, though it has the liquid-powder feel. The great part about that is that they apply smoothly and blend out easily and can be applied lightly to achieve a softer glow for daytime or more heavily if you’d like a more metallic sort of highlight that’s great for a going out/nighttime type of look. Another wonderful thing about this formula is that even though it has the blendability of a cream or liquid, the super finely milled powder formula gives is a very long wear time, averaging at 8-12 hours of wear before any fading occurs. The only downside to these Skinfinishes is that because they’re pretty shimmery, they can emphasize large pores or textured skin, so if you have any acne scarring or areas with pores, this product may not be for you. I do suggest you try it, though… Perhaps just use it sparingly and don’t apply much to the more problematic areas of your face.

Depending on what kind of coverage and intensity you want, there are different brushes you can use… For a lighter application, try a Duo-Fibre brush like a MAC 159, 188, or 187 brush. If you want some extra color payoff or more shimmer, but still a somewhat soft look, try a MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush and use a light hand. For the most color payoff and intensity, you can use a MAC 116 or 129 brush, or the 128 Split Fiber Cheek Brush that was also released with the Magnetic Nude collection. You can even lightly dampen your brush with something like MAC’s Fix + Spray for the most metallic appearance and heaviest type of application.

Fairly Precious ED Skinfinish Label

The Magnetic Nude collection was released on Thursday, December 26th both online at www.maccosmetics.com as well as at counters and stores. All of the Extra Dimension Skinfinishes are limited edition but seem to still be in stock at plenty of locations and on the website (with the exception of Superb, which is at this moment, sold out online). Extra Dimension Skinfinishes contain  9 g / 0.31 US oz of product and sell for $30.

Fairly Precious

Fairly Precious

Fairly Precious

Fairly Precious

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Fairly Precious swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Fairly Precious swatched on NC15 skin.

Fairly Precious:   This Extra Dimension Skinfinish is described as a “peach with dimensional pearly sheen”… It’s a light, warm toned peach with a somewhat pinkish undertone and a golden-champagne sheen. Color payoff is true to pan and you can achieve either sheer to nearly full coverage, depending on how much you apply and what you apply it with. On lighter skin, this serves as a soft, frosted blush when applied more heavily or as a subtle, warm highlight when applied lightly. On medium to medium dark skin tones, this works best as a highlighter rather than a blush, or can be worn over a blush to add sheen and warm up the color. The texture is a silky, almost creamy feeling, very finely milled powder that’s easy to apply and blend. With Fairly Precious, I got a solid 8 hours of wear before I noticed mild fading, and only noticed moderate fading by about the 10 hour mark.

Dupes:   I can’t really think of any permanent dupes for this… MAC or otherwise. The closest, most recent product I’ve found for a dupe is MAC’s Perfectly Poised Mineralize Skinfinish from the Divine Night collection… If you mix both the inner and outer colors, it comes out to be pretty similar to Fairly Precious, though slightly less pinkish.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  4

Packaging:   5

MAC’s Extra Dimension Blushes are a relatively new formula, only having made their debut in Spring of 2013… They feel like a cream but are actually a powder formula, which makes them apply, build, and blend easily. I really like these and feel like they’re a unique product worth at least checking out since they have a totally different finish than other MAC blushes. There were three colors released with the Magnetic Nude collection, with At Dusk being a repromote (the original review can be seen here). I did not purchase Pleasure Model, which also came out with this collection, so I will only be doing a review for Autoerotique.

Autoerotique

Autoerotique

MAC’s description of the Extra Dimension Blush formula is “a liquid-powder blush with prismatic reflections. Impact ranges from sheer crystallized light to a highly polished metallic effect. Lasts up to 6 hours”

These blushes don’t have quite the amount of metallic, frosty shimmer that the Extra Dimension Eye Shadows and Skinfinishes do but they have a lovely type of glow that’s really pretty. This is a buildable formula so no matter how bright you think this may look in the pan, it can be toned down depending on how much you apply and how. MAC claims that these wear for 6 hours… I got at least that much, if not closer to 7-8 hours of wear before any fading occurred. The texture felt great and applied easily. These blushes have the typical creamy-powder feel that all Extra Dimension products do and are very high quality.

Depending on what kind of coverage and intensity you want, there are different brushes you can use… For a lighter application, try a Duo-Fibre brush like a MAC 159, 188, or 187 brush. If you want some extra color payoff but still a soft look, try a MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush. For the most color payoff and intensity, you can use a MAC 116 or 129 brush, or the 128 Split Fiber Cheek Brush that was also released with the Magnetic Nude collection.

Autoerotique Label

The Magnetic Nude collection was released on Thursday, December 26th both online at www.maccosmetics.com as well as at counters and stores. All of the Extra Dimension Blushes are limited edition but seem to still be in stock at plenty of locations and on the website. These blushes contain 6.5 g / 0.22 US oz of product and cost $25… That’s $4 more than MAC’s Powder Blushes and not much more product, but I feel like a little bit goes a long way with these, so it’s worth the price.

Autoerotique

Autoerotique

Autoerotique

Autoerotique

Autoerotique

Autoerotique

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight. Autoerotique swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Autoerotique swatched on NC15 skin.

Autoerotique:   This blush is described as a “dirty coral rose” and has a finish with a beautiful satiny sheen. It’s a medium, warm toned coral with rosy pink tones. Color payoff was very true to how intense it is in the pan and coverage is great… It’s buildable but can be pretty much opaque without much product applied. That said, with the right brush, you can also blend this out and apply it lightly if you’re more fair skinned. This blush works really well for anyone from fair to medium-dark skin. As I mentioned, the texture of Extra Dimension Blushes has a creamy, almost liquid feel but it’s actually a very finely milled powder. I got 6-7 hours of wear with Autoerotique before I noticed much fading.

Dupes:   For a permanent dupe, Fleur Power Powder Blush is very similar, but slightly less pink. Fleet Fast Powder Blush from the Hey, Sailor collection is also close but lighter.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:  4

Packaging:   5