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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


Apologies for being MIA for the past month or so… I have been working on some other things with work and in my personal life. Fortunately, I’m feeling more focused than ever now, so it’s time to get this going again!

There is some cool stuff coming up on the blog this week, though! I’ll be reviewing the majority of MAC’s Styleseeker collection, as well as Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash Mascara, and all of the new Cremesheen + Pearl Lipsticks and Lipglasses.

As well as MAC, I have two drugstore cosmetics reviews coming up too! I’ll be reviewing Maybelline’s Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eye Shadows and Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains.

I promise things will be back on track very soon! Thanks for reading!

MAC Heavenly Creature  –  Thursday, July 5th, 2012

MAC’s Heavenly Creature collection is a large, space themed collection full of Mineralize products such as Eye Shadows, Blushes, and Mineralize Skinfinishes. There are also Mineralize Charged Water skincare products like Eye Cream, Cleanser, and Moisture Gel. They even brought back Volcanic Ash Exfoliator with this collection! As well as Mineralize products, there are Lipsticks and Cremesheen Glasses too. MAC is also repromoting a few of their permanent products, like the 286, 187, and 188 Duo Fibre Brushes and False Lashes Mascara.

The product names in this collection are all fun and space-related. The Mineralize Skinfinishes, Blushes, and Eye Shadows all have a swirly appearance too, so they resemble planets, galaxies, etc… Most of the products are bright, bold, warm colors, which are perfect for summer! MAC usually releases a Mineralize collection around summertime every year. Heavenly Creature is my favorite in the past few years… These colors really are unique and nearly every product can be worn by anyone!

MAC’s Heavenly Creature collection is already available online, but the official North American release date for counters and stores is Thursday, July 5th. The majority of these products are limited edition. Since Mineralize products are SO popular, you may want to go ahead and get what you want online or stop by your local MAC store or counter and pre-purchase or reserve the products that you want! These will probably sell out VERY quickly!

* Mineralize Skinfinish *

$29 for 10g / 0.35 US oz

MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish is “A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Smoothes on: adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face.” These are shimmery, but buildable so you can wear them as a softer wash of color with a glow, or layer them up for intense color payoff and a metallic sheen. These apply best with something like a MAC 187 or 188 Duo-Fibre brush and wear for around 8 hours. There are four Mineralize Skinfinish powders in this collection, all of which are limited edition. For more photos and swatches, you can click here: MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Skinfinish: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

* Mineralize Blush*

$23.50 for 3.2g / 0.10 US oz

MAC Mineralize Blushes are “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.” All of these are warm, bright colors and although they may look a little intimidating to those of you with fair-light skin, they’re buildable, so with proper application, these don’t have to look so intense if you don’t want them to! Mineralize Blush applies best with a MAC 187 or 188 Duo-Fibre brush and wears for about 8 hours. All four Mineralize Blushes in this collection are limited edition. For additional photos and swatches, you can click here: MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Blush: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

* Mineralize Eye Shadow *

$20 for 1.8g / 0.06 US oz

MAC’s Mineralize Eye Shadows are also “Baked minerals refined into a powder formula provide exceptionally sheer and lightweight application. Colour builds lightly, layer after layer, without heavy coverage”. Basically, it’s the nearly the same formula as the blushes are, only in an eye shadow form! As with the rest of the Mineralize Products, these are buildable, and can also be applied damp for extra bold shimmer and color payoff. I go over all application techniques in my other post. With these, I get approximately 6-10 hours of wear, depending on whether or not I apply a primer underneath. All nine Mineralize Eye Shadows are limited edition. For more photos, swatches, and a full review, you can click here: MAC Heavenly Creature Mineralize Eye Shadows: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

* Lipstick *

$14.50 for 3g / 0.1 US oz

MAC’s Lipstick formula feels lightweight on the lips, but still gives great pigmentation and color payoff. Most of the Lipsticks in the Heavenly Creature collection are Lustre finishes, except for Pleasureseeker, which is a Glaze. Lustre finish Lipsticks give me around 4 hours of wear before they need to be touched up, while Glazes last slightly longer since they are a bit more creamy. All five of these Lipsticks are limited edition, with Pleasureseeker being a repromote that was originally released with the Neo Sci-Fi collection in May of 2008. Cut A Caper is also a repromote from MAC’s A Tartan Tale collection which came out in October of 2010. Cut A Caper was extremely popular when it was originally released and sold out online the first day that the Heavenly Creature collection was available! For more photos, swatches, and a complete review, click here: MAC Heavenly Creature Lipsticks: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

* Cremesheen Glass *

$19.50 for 2.7ml / 0.09 US fl oz

MAC Cremesheen Glass is “A lip finish that fuses the creamy, sheen-filled nature of Cremesheen Lipstick with the shine of M∙A∙C Lipglass. Soft, comfortable, non-sticky. Applies with a doe-foot applicator. Use as a top layer to its namesake Lipstick or on its own.” These truly are non-sticky, and while they aren’t as thick as typical Lipglass, they are still intensely pigmented and offer great coverage. I get around 4 hours of wear with Cremesheen Glass. The five Cremesheen Glasses in the Heavenly Creature collection are all limited edition. If you’d like to check out more photos, swatches, and full reviews, click here: MAC Heavenly Creature Cremesheen Glass: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

* Brushes *

187 Duo Fibre Face Brush:   This brush is permanent and sells for $42. It is “A large full circular brush used for lightweight application and blending of face powder or pigments. Use to create soft layers or add textures. Made from a soft blend of goat and synthetic fibres.” It’s perfect for the application of Mineralize Skinfinishes or Mineralize Blushes (but the 188 will give you more control). You can easily layer the product, gradually building color with it. The 187 Brush is also great for buffing and blending!

188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush:   This brush is permanent and sells for $34. It is “A flat-topped, full circular brush used for lightweight application and blending of any formula colour – fluid, cream, powder or pigment. Ideal for creating soft layers or adding textures. Made from a soft blend of goat and synthetic fibres.” It’s a smaller version of the 187 brush, so it’s better for applying to smaller areas, like cheeks, and gives you more control over the product. This is my favorite brush for applying Mineralize Blush.

286 Duo Fibre Blending Brush:   This eye brush is also part of MAC’s permanent line and sells for $30. “With its soft dome shape, this two-toned, duo-fibre brush of goat and synthetic fibres provides a sheer, more controlled application of M·A·C Mineralize Eye Shadow.” I think this brush is great for applying Mineralize Eye Shadow, but mostly just for buffing out and softening the intensity and dry application. It fits into the crease very nicely and gives you a great deal of control. It’s also a fantastic brush for applying under-eye concealer!

* False Lashes Mascara* 

$19 for 8g / 0.28 US oz

False Lashes Mascara:   This mascara is a permanent product. The formula is “Fashionably false in look, but honestly real, this mascara’s key benefits of volume and curl are matched by a dramatic end look. The unique edge: the ultra-thickening formula in combo with the plush-’em-up action of its unique double-lush brush.” This is by far one of my favorite mascaras of all time! I use this on an almost daily basis to make my lashes look long, dark, and full. I especially like layering this over Prep + Prime Lash for added volume, length, and drama. False Lashes Mascara layers well without weighing down the lashes or clumping and wears without smudging or flaking.

* Skincare *

Volcanic Ash Exfoliator:   This product is “A highly effective, dual-purpose foaming, cleansing and exfoliating scrub blending natural Volcanic Ash with fine sugar crystals. Refines and unclogs the skin, adds instant moisture: leaves skin feeling soft and comfortably clean. Mineral-rich. May be used effectively on any part of face or body. Rinses off with warm water.” I have not used this myself, but I plan on picking some up this week! I hear fantastic things about it and from what I understand, it’s good for all skin types. MAC usually releases this in limited quantities and once it’s gone, it’s not released again for a while. That said, I’m unclear if this is going to stick around or not, but I’m pretty sure that it’s limited edition with the Heavenly Creature collection. This contains 100ml / 3.4 US fl oz of product and sells for $28.

Mineralize Charged Water Cleanser:   This cleanser is “A lightweight cleanser formulated with our ionized Super-Duo Charged Water technology. Removes all makeup (except waterproof and longwearing) with a wipe – no rinse-off required. Leaves skin nourished, soft, absolutely clean.” It’s a cleanser/remover, so you don’t have to rinse your face with water after using this if you’re in a hurry. I still like to rinse mine, though. I don’t own this product but I’ve used it several times and I like it! It leaves my skin feeling nourished and doesn’t seem to dry it out. Mineralize Charged Water Cleanser is permanent product that contains 100ml of cleanser and sells for $23.

Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Eye Cream:   This eye cream is “A luxuriously rich eye cream. Infused with our ionized Super-Duo Charged Water technology. Moisturizes and adds radiance, while instantly – and over time – reducing the look of dark circles, lines and puffiness.” I have only tried this out for a few days in a row but I thought it was nice and plan on purchasing it when I run out of my other eye cream! it doesn’t decrease puffiness as quickly as Fast Response Eye Cream does, but it seems to help prevent it to some degree and provides more moisture. This is a permanent product containing 15ml of eye cream, which sells for $35.

Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel:   This moisturizer is “An ultra-light, gel-like cream that absorbs instantly to give the skin intense hydration. Infused with our exclusive Super-Charged Water technology, this formula leaves skin softer, more luminous. Use day or night.” Again, I haven’t used this much, only as a sample for about a week, but I think this is a fantastic product for all skin types. If you have dry skin, this will soak in quickly, but still hold in moisture throughout the day. If you have combination skin, it will help to even out the dry areas and oily patches. If you have oilier skin, it will give you just enough moisture to keep your skin even and healthy. My favorite part about MAC’s gel formula moisturizers is that they aren’t heavy and feel like that almost adjust to your skin type, giving you the perfect amount of moisture. It soaks in quickly and doesn’t sit on the surface of the skin, so you can apply makeup over this without feeling like a shiny, slippery-faced mess. During the hotter months, I use the Lightful Moisture Creme, which is also a gel-style moisturizer, so my skin can breathe without having a sticky, heavy layer of moisturizer on it when it’s already hot and humid outside. Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel is permanent and contains 50ml of product. This sells for $37.



This is the newest mascara in MAC’s lineup. Extended Play Lash is long-wearing, giving me the full 16 hours of smudge-proof wear that MAC claims it gives. It’s not waterproof, but it does hold up against humidity, light sweating, and watery eyes and still washes off easily. You may still need to use a remover wipe or something like MAC’s Cleanse Off Oil if you find that it leaves dark smudges after you’ve washed your face. The color is a deep, bold, satiny black, so it looks healthy and natural. It curls, lifts, and adds volume and a bit of length. Normally I have a lot of trouble with mascaras smudging or flaking and leaving black specks and smears around my bottom lashes but Extended Play Lash has never given me any problems with that for the 3 weeks or so that I’ve been testing it… Impressive!

For me, this is more of a day-to-day, natural looking mascara. It won’t give you super long lashes but it does make them look dark and holds curl extremely well! With most mascaras, even if I curl my lashes, they won’t stay curled for more than a few hours before they start to straighten out and droop. Extended Play Lash really does lift them up and hold the curl! It curls them ever so slightly by itself, so if your lashes has some natural curl, you may not have to use a curler. Even though this holds curl so well, it’s not the stiff, crunchy type of mascara that so many other long-wearing, curling mascaras are. It still leaves the lashes soft and bendable and seems to leave my lashes moisturized.




The brush is super tiny compared to all of MAC’s other brushes and has an evenly spaced, spiraled pattern of bristles. That helps separate and define the lashes, but if there is too much mascara on the brush and you have sparse lashes, it may clump a little bit. If you wipe off any excess product as you pull the wand out, that shouldn’t be a problem. My favorite thing about this tiny brush is how well it applies mascara to the lower lashes!!! I feel like Extended Play Lash was made for bottom lashes. It wears well and applies so easily that even if I don’t wear this on my top lashes, I wear it on my bottom lashes EVERY single day!


You’re probably thinking “wtf is 2 Rand?!”. It’s South African Money lol. I couldn’t find any change in my house except this! That’s nearly the exact same size of a quarter, though!!


Since this is a more natural type of mascara, it may not be something you reach for if you’re going for a more dramatic look, but it can actually be layered over and under other products to help give you great curl and make other mascaras wear longer! This mascara layers very well with itself and any other mascara, so you can apply several coats and never have to worry about having lashes that look like the legs of a tarantula.

If you layer this over MAC’s Prep + Prime Lash, you’ll get better volume and length, but still have a semi-natural look. If you wear this under something like MAC’s Haute & Naughty Lash or False Lashes Mascara, you’ll have curl and lift from the Extended Play Lash, plus awesome amounts of volume and length from the other mascara. You can even do a layer of Prep + Prime Lash, then Extended Play Lash, then False Lashes Mascara and your eyelashes will look fake!! My favorite combination for dramatic eyes is to apply Extended Play Lash to my bottom lashes, using two coats of it… I then apply one coat of Prep + Prime Lash to my top lashes, followed by two coats of False Lashes Mascara. That look isn’t TOO over the top, but my lashes definitely get noticed!

Extended Play Lash is smaller than most MAC Mascaras, coming in at 5.6 g, compared to the 8 or 9 of others. It still costs $15 but to me it’s worth it. It’s a permanent product and is available online at or at any MAC store or counter.

I don’t have any photos of the combinations of Prep + Prime Lash with Extended Play Lash, or the other combos I talked about, but I will work on adding those next week so check back! I’ll post it on my twitter when I update so you can follow me on there! My twitter feed is to the side of this post, or you can look me up… The link is

This is my naked eye… No makeup, no mascara.

This is with two coats of Extended Play Lash Mascara after gently curling my lashes.
Sorry for the bad lighting. I’m not really orange. It was nighttime and my bathroom has craptastic lighting!

Naked lashes and good lighting

Lashes dressed up with two coats of Extended Play Lash and bad lighting!


Over the next week or two I have a whole bunch of fun things I’ll be making posts about…

Tuesday Tip is tomorrow and it’s all about lighting!

A post for MAC Extended Play Lash mascara will be up on Wednesday. I know it’s taken a while but I’ve been experimenting with the different ways to wear it so I can tell you the best ways to use this product! It’s such a different brush and formula that I really wanted to take my time testing it so I could give you all the most accurate review!

I got the last of the Jeffrey Campbell shoes I ordered and will be buying for a while, so I’ll be making a post on those later this week too! I want to get some good photos of them and write up reviews about comfort, sizing, etc… and my favorite places to purchase them. That will be a fun post and a little break from the world of makeup!

I also just ordered a TON of stuff from MAC’s Heavenly Creature collection, so I’ll be reviewing those as soon as they get here. It became available online today (not sure if it’s for Pro members only or everyone). I ordered it ASAP and got two day shipping so I’m hoping that it will get here soon enough for me to post my photos, swatches and reviews before it goes up for sale online to everyone and before the release date.

These are the items from Heavenly Creature that will have on the blog:


– Cut a Caper (midtone peachy pink)

– Cusp of Dawn (beiged pink)

– Fire Sign (red-pink)

– Pleaseureseeker (creamy peach)

– Venus (sheer yellow pink with pearl)

Cremesheen Glass:

– Astral (bright yellow pink)

– Celestial Kiss (pale cool peach)

– Galaxy Rose (midtone violet pink)

– Meteoric (midtone vibrant coral)

– Strictly Plutonic (midtone pink-brown)

Mineralize Skinfinish:

– Center of the Universe (coral with gold shimmer)

– Earthshine (tarnished bronze with gold pearl and pink reflects)

– Light Year (peachy pink with gold shimmer)

– Star Wonder (plumy pink with multi-dimensional pearl)

Mineralize Blush:

– Ring of Saturn (terracotta and gold melange)

– Solar Ray (peach and gold melange)

– Stratus (amethyst and gold brown melange)

– Supernova (magenta and burnished gold melange)

Mineralize Eye Shadow:

– Aurora (peach, green and brown melange)

– Bright Moon (grey, silver and icy green melange)

– Earthly (beige, peach and gold brown melange)

– Invincible Light (icy white, lavender and warm gold melange)

– Magnetic Attraction (orange, pink and gold melange)

– Neo Nebula (cream, warm amethyst and warm pink melange)

– Sky (green gold, turquoise, and cobalt melange)

– Universal Appeal (gold, bronze and violet melange)

– Water (yellow, lime green and blue melange)

There are also skincare items in this collection that I will not be featuring because I don’t own them and am not planning on purchasing them. I will do a summary of them with descriptions but no photos unless I can get some at work or something.

False Lashes Mascara is part of this collection as well, but it’s permanent so I am not putting this in my posts for Heavenly Creature. It will be part of a MAC mascara post I’m currently working on, though.

The Duo-Fibre brushes 187, 188, and 286 are also included in this collection, but they are permanent too so I won’t be including them in my posts. They will be part of a brush post in the future!

I made my order a few days ago for some of the new products coming out in MAC’s next two collections so I’ll be making posts for them next week, hopefully before they’re released if UPS get them to me on time!

From MAC’s Casual Colour collection I will be reviewing the Casual Colour Lip and Cheek Colour. I got to play around with them at work a bit and I must say, I’m impressed! I purchased all 8 of them so you’ll get to see the full line! I also bought the 3 new Nail Lacquers from Casual Colour, and I already have the Prep + Prime Highlighter pens that are being repromoted for this collection, so I can do posts on those too.

From the Beth Ditto collection, I’ll be reviewing and swatching all 5 new Pro Longwear Lipcreme lipsticks, all 4 Nail Lacquers, and the 4 Lip Pencils. I also have the Liquidlast eye liner and Zoom Fast Black Lash that they are repromoting with Beth Ditto, so I may review those as well if I have the time.

A few more things that I’m planning on making posts about over the next week or so are upcoming MAC events around the Los Angeles/South Bay area, MAC’s Extended Play Lash Mascara (now that I’ve been wearing it enough to give it a fair review), and a random post about Jeffrey Campbell shoes and my favorite place to find unique ones!

Keep checking back for new stuff and thanks for reading!



I just wanted to let everyone know that I will be making a post either tomorrow or Friday with the products from MAC’s Hey Sailor! collection that I purchased. I am not planning on getting every single product, but there will be bits and pieces of most everything from the collection… Like Lipstick, Lipglass, Pro Longwear Bronzing Powders, Pro Longwear Lip Pencils, and a few Eye Shadows.

I couldn’t get everything because I can’t afford all of it (everything you see on here is paid for myself and not provided for me to review) and I’m not going to waste my money on products that are really similar to things I already own. BUT I hope you all will enjoy taking a look at the products that I DID get!

I’ll also be doing a full review on MAC’s new Extended Play Mascara after I get to wear it for a few days in a row and really get a feel for it.


Today I’m working on putting together some collective posts for the Lipglasses and Lipsticks from the Fashion Sets collection so you can take a look at all of them side by side without having to look at one specific color at a time.


Thanks for you patience and check back over the next few days for new stuff!