Sephora and MAC Haul & Review
You guys seem to like makeup posts, so I thought I’d share a few things I’ve bought lately. Sephora had a 15% off everything promotion recently, so I took advantage of that and repurchased a few products I was running low on.
As for the MAC stuff, I plead guilty. No excuse there! But let’s start with what I got at Sephora.
I bought three things, all of which were products I’ve already been using and loving.
- Urban Decay “Chill” makeup setting spray
- Stila “Lionfish” Smudge Stick waterproof eye liner
- Stila Stay All Day waterproof liquid liner (black)
Ah, this stuff. People often assume that since I wear a lot of makeup, I carry a lot of makeup around with me. The truth is, I don’t. I only carry my lip color in my bag. The reason I can be out and about all day without touching up is due in large part to this guy.
A little spritz after you’ve applied all your makeup, and you’re good to go. It also helps prevent your face from looking too powdery or cakey, because it gives you a nice dewey finish. Since I have normal skin that’s a tiny bit on the dry side, I get the “Chill” formula, which is hydrating. Urban Decay also makes an oil control formula and a regular formula as well.
I highly, highly recommend this product if you are prone to your makeup looking less than fresh after a few hours time. Just don’t ask me how it works. I assume sorcery.
Next up are the two Stila eyeliners – “lionfish”, the pencil, and “intense black”, the liquid. Both waterproof, and both stay where you put them. Which is important, unless you fancy the panda look.
I use both on an everyday basis, to create a sort of natural, slightly smokey winged out eye look. That was a confusing way of describing it, but you can see what I mean on instagram, here.
I love the Smudge Stick because it allows you to blend and smoke it out at first, but after a minute or so, when it sets, it ain’t goin’ anywhere. (As evidenced by the fact that these swatches are STILL on my hand, and I took these photos hours ago.) The color “Lionfish” is a beautiful warm brown with a hint of gold sparkle in it.
The liquid liner is very black, which I love, and waterproof – which is great if you have perpetually bunny-rabbit watery eyes like I do. The precise tip allows you to make the line as fine or thick as you like.
Now onto the MAC goodies!
I got four things at my MAC counter:
- “Painterly” paint pot
- “Fascinating” eye khol
- “Soft Brown” eye shadow
- Pro palette eye shadow x4 compact
First up, Painterly paint pot.
This product is another reason my makeup is able to last so well all day long. Even all night long, if I’m very bad and don’t take my face off before going to sleep.
This little pot of magic primes the eyelids for eye shadow, meaning you swipe some of this on your lids (I use my fingers), and then apply any eye shadow you want on top. It evens out your eyelid color (hiding any veins or redness), and gives the shadows something to stick to. This also prevents your eye shadow from creasing later in the day. 12 hours later, your eye shadow will still be just where you put it in the morning.
MAC makes paint pots in a variety of colors, but I like Painterly because it’s matte and matches my skin color, so it looks invisible on its own.
I also picked up an eye shadow compact. I’m travelling soon (Vegas for grad trip in May!) and don’t want to have to haul my big huge palettes with me. This way I can just pick four of my favorite, most-used eye shadows, and only pack those with me.
I’ve been deeply immersed in all things Marilyn Monroe lately, by watching the show Smash non-stop and also re-watching my favorite Marilyn movies. One of her makeup artist’s famous tricks was to line her bottom waterline with a white eye liner, to make her eyes appear bigger and brighter.
I’ve been doing this technique lately using this white eye liner, called “Fascinating”, and I love how it looks! Especially when you’re nocturnal like me, and have to occasionally venture out into the daylight running on no sleep, with bloodshot eyes. I’ll use any help I can get!
And here’s a swatch of it beside the other two liners. Just like the other two, it sets really well after a minute and stays put.
And last but not least, I picked up an eyeshadow in pan form, called “Soft Brown”. I plan to pop this guy in my pro palette and use him for eye shadow contouring. It’s a nice matte, neutral medium brown, and is a good contour shade for my skin tone.
I am hoping to do a tutorial post on my everyday eye makeup soon, so you’ll be able to see a lot of these products in action, and how I use them. Stay tuned for that! xx