MAC│Strobe Cream

August 30, 2015

I think it's safe to say that almost everyone loves a radiant complexion. I have a couple of foundations that help me achieve that dewy, luminous look that I love, but when I want something extra, I reach for MAC's Strobe Cream. It just never fails.

Strobe cream is a moisturizer that contains iridescent particles and antioxidants which help clarify, brighten, and add luminosity to the skin. It's also infused with vitamins, botanicals to moisten, and green tea to help eliminate the look of dull and tired skin. This cream is non-acnegenic, ophthalmologist tested, and dermatologist tested.

Strobe Cream can be used in many ways. Used alone, applied under foundation-which is what I like to do, or strategically placed on areas of the face for a soft highlight-strobing, anyone? You can even mix it with liquid foundation for an extra boost of luminosity. No matter which way you use it, the end result is always going to be a radiant and healthy looking complexion.

This cream has a smooth texture that applies beautifully on the skin. It doesn't take long to absorb, it doesn't leave behind a sticky residue or a cast, and it feels comfortable on. I love how well MAC's Strobe Cream works on my combination skin. It's pretty hydrating and smoothing-a treat for the drier areas of my face, and it doesn't enhance or worsen the oilier parts that are on my t-zone. Winning!

I have the smaller, travel-sized version of MAC's Strobe Cream (which has lasted quite a long time since a little always goes a long way), but a repurchase of the fuller size is definitely in store.

Full Size: $33
Travel Size: $10


What do you all think of MAC's Strobe Cream?

Disclaimer: Purchased by me.

Boxycharm│August 2015

August 27, 2015

This month's Boxycharm box is probably one of my favorites so far. I am really pleased with all of the products I received-especially the gel eyeliner and highlighting crayon, and I can't wait to see what's in store for September.

Check out what was inside my August box, which had a total value of $116.95!

Coastal Scents Revealed 3 Palette: I was pretty excited to see this eyeshadow palette in my box. The palette consists of twenty eyeshadows that vary in hues and finishes. I have swatched a couple of the colors and although some are on the powdery side, they do have a decent amount of pigmentation to them. I can't wait to start creating eye looks with these shadows! (Full Size: $39.95, on sale now for $19.95)

Nios Shield Leave-In Conditioner: This leave-in conditioner does more than hydrate and nourish hair, it also protects thanks to the inclusion of SPF 15, which helps preserve hair color and prevent scalp sunburn. Love it! (Full Size: $26)

So Susan Statement Skin: This paraben free highlighting crayon is gorgeous! I received the shade Candlelight, a shimmered light champagne that is super flattering on the skin. I like that the chiseled head of the crayon makes application fairly easy. Just swipe on areas that you want to illuminate like the tops of cheeks, cupid's bow, brow bone, inner corners of the eyes, and nose bridge, and blend. No brush required! This also contains ingredients like organic chia seed to help hydrate, and silk peptides which promote elasticity and skin suppleness. (Full Size: $20)

Mica Beauty Gel Eyeliner: I absolutely love this gel eyeliner! It's amazingly creamy, it applies like a dream, it doesn't smudge, and it lasts all day long. Perfection. (Full Size: $35)

Seta Eyeliner Brush: This brush makes applying gel eyeliner a breeze. The fine tip effortlessly creates smooth, and precise lines. (Full Size: $16)

If you want to sign up for your own Boxycharm subscription ($21/month), you can do so here.

What do you think of the August Boxycharm box?

Disclaimer: I purchased my own monthly Boxycharm subscription. This post contains referral links.

MAC Giambattista Valli Lipsticks│Margherita and Tats

August 20, 2015

The hype was real when MAC released their limited edition, Giambattista Valli collection. It's a fairly small collection, comprised of five lipsticks and an opalescent crystal glaze gloss. Even though the lipsticks sold out super fast-not surprising, I was lucky to be able to get my hands on the two that I initially had my eye on. Margherita and Tats.

The lipstick tube is just gorgeous! I love how it coordinates with the lip color.

Top-Bottom: Margherita, Tats

Swatches L-R: Margherita, Tats

Margherita: Matte bright peach with yellow undertones. This shade is so fun to sport during the warmer months. It looks amazing paired with a bronzed look.

Tats: Matte vivid hot pink. I am very partial to bright pink lip colors, and Tats is an amazing new addition to my collection. I just love it!

MAC's matte lipsticks are among my favorites, and the texture on these do not disappoint. Although both Margherita and Tats have a smooth formula that feels comfortable on the lips, I suggest properly exfoliating and prepping lips before application to eliminate the possible enhancement of any dry areas. These lipsticks do not skimp in the color department, offering intense and opaque coverage. As for lasting power, I noticed some fading taking place around the five hour mark. Tats did leave behind a stain, though.

Did you guys pick up anything from MAC's Giambattista Valli collection?

Disclaimer: Purchased by me.

Ipsy│August 2015

August 19, 2015

When I first took a peek at what I would be getting in my August Ipsy bag, I wasn't exactly too thrilled with the items picked out for me this month. But after getting the bag and actually trying out a couple of the products, I am happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised.

Take a look! 

Glamour Dolls Single Eyeshadow: Sorcery is a pretty bronzed copper shimmer that is right up my alley. It has a smooth texture, it's nicely pigmented, and it adds a lovely luminosity to the lids that really make eyes pop and stand out.

Too Faced Hangover RX Replenishing Face Primer: Since this primer has been getting a lot of buzz lately, I was looking forward to finally trying it out for myself. This primer is infused with coconut water to help hydrate and add radiance to the skin. It also promotes elasticity. I gave Too Faced's Hangover RX primer a go over the weekend and so far, I think it's OK. It absorbs into the skin nicely, my skin felt soft and hydrated, and the light coconut aroma this contains is just scrumptious. As far as my makeup hanging on longer, I really don't think it performs any different than my other face primers in that aspect. My face is pretty oily though-especially now during the warmer months, so it's pretty hard for me to find a face primer that will make my face makeup last for a long period of time. Maybe this primer may work better for me when the colder season rolls along, when my skin is on the drier side. I may appreciate it more then.

Hikari Cosmetics Lip Gloss: It's pretty rare that I get excited about a gloss, but I really like this one from Hikari. This lip gloss feels nice on the lips since it's not overly sticky or heavy. It also imparts a shine that is just out of this world. I have the shade Merlot, which is a gorgeous red-mauve that packs a major punch in the color department. Love it! I have a feeling Merlot is going to be one of my go-to lip colors during the fall season.

Marc Anthony Nourishing Argan Oil of Morocco Oil Treatment: This hair oil is infused with Mediterranean olive oil and Moroccan argan oil, which help protect and condition hair. It also contains vitamin e and shea butter, to soften and hydrate. I love hair oils-they do wonders at taming frizz while adding a lovely shine, so I can't wait to try this one. It smells amazing, too!

La Fresh Group Good Night. Night Cream: This hydrating night cream promotes a smoother and plumper appearance thanks to the inclusion of power ingredients like collagen-producing peptides, hyaluronic acid, vitamin e, shea butter, aloe, and folic acid. Just to name a few.

If you want to sign up for a monthly Ipsy subscription, you can do so here.

What did you all receive in your August Ipsy bags?

Disclaimer: I purchased a monthly Ipsy subscription. This post contains referral links.

Lipstick Queen│Endless Summer Lipstick in Aloha

August 14, 2015

During the summer months-and all year round, it's important not to limit sun protection to only the face and body. Lips need protection too. Lip balms that contain SPF can do the job, but sometimes I crave a little color as well. Unfortunately, there aren't too many lipsticks I have come across that offer both color and sun protection. But when Lipstick Queen's Endless Summer Lipstick in Aloha landed on my desk, I couldn't have been anymore excited. It's just what I was looking for!

Lipstick Queen Endless Summer Lipstick in Aloha. How pretty is the orange tube?

Aloha is a fiery red that is on the sheer side, but subtly pops against the skin. If you want a little more color payoff though, it can easily be built up. The finish is comprised of a glossy sheen that looks lovely and flattering on lips. This lipstick contains an SPF of 15 which protects against UVA and UVB rays, and it's infused with ingredients like Vitamin E, Candelilla wax, and natural oils, to help nourish and moisturize lips.

Lipstick Queen's Endless Summer Lipstick in Aloha feels amazing on the lips. It goes on like a dream, thanks to it's super creamy texture. I do detect a faint sunscreen fragrance to this lip color, but it's barely noticeable and not really offensive. As for longevity, I find myself having to reapply Aloha after about 2-3 hours. As expected, since the formula does have a slip to it.

If you are on the market for a wearable, moisturizing lipstick that offers sun protection while imparting a pretty hint of color, definitely check out Lipstick Queen's Endless Summer Lipstick in Aloha. If red isn't your thing, there are three other lovely color options available that look just as gorgeous as Aloha. I may have to check those out! 



Which lip colors are your favorites when it comes to sun protection?

Disclaimer: This post contains products received from PR for review consideration. My opinions are always honest, never influenced, and my own.
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