I’ve been on a roll the past weeks. I think this January is the most I have posted in a month. I have a lot products in the back burner so I hope I could sustain this.
Okay, so for this post I will talk about NARS Audacious lipsticks. NARS released this new range of lipsticks Fall 2014 in celebration of its 20th anniversary. I’ve already mentioned Vera in this post. It comes in 40 shades and I will review 2 for you here, Raquel and Vera.
Prabal Gurung teamed up with MAC for this collection. This was released last December 2014 here in Manila. He’s a Nepalese American fashion designer based in New York City. He’s pretty young at 35. His designs have been worn by famous celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Lady Gaga among others.
I wasn’t planning to buy anything in this collection when I saw Temptalia’s post on this. But when I passed by MAC’s counter in Glorietta one weekend last December, I swatched Carmine Rouge and I was super impressed by the texture and shade and I knew I had to go home with it.
After seasons of backstage-to-runway beauty partnerships, M·A·C and Prabal Gurung debut their highly anticipated makeup collaboration. The modern glamour and immaculate style of the designer comes to life with M·A·C in an exclusive colour collection featuring smoky, gilded hues for eyes, lips and cheeks in ultra-luxurious, custom gold packaging.
The packaging looks immaculate. Come on, look at that. It’s a far cry from the usual MAC bullet that can be a little boring. This packaging reminds me of YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks. It has a weight on it too, so it feels more luxurious than the black bullet. Packaging gets an A+ from me!
Winter is not yet over so I think it’s still not too late to talk about about bold lips. Most specifically, berry lips. I love dark lips. Be it red or plum/berry – I really love the look of it. It’s a great color that can easily brighten up your bare face. I remember seeing Heart Evangelista on TV 4 years ago sporting a beautiful vampy lip and I thought to myself: I want a lip stick like that. I asked my aunt from the US to buy me my very first MAC lipstick, REBEL. I loved it so much that I didn’t bother to buy or look for any other plum lipsticks. It’s a dark purple that looks great opaque and looks great when sheered out as well. It also fades gorgeously into a light purple/pinkish stain. This is probably the “driest” of them all when it comes to texture. It’s a satin so it has a bit of a shine, but it feels a little bit drying on the lips as I wear it throughout the day.
I got this palette for 1,900 pesos at Benefit Mall of Asia last November. If you’re one of the few people who were able to snag this, lucky you! This retails for 36USD in the US and in my opnion, the selling price of 1,900 pesos is not bad. Considering the tax, price difference is not that much compared to other Benefit products. And it’s limited edition, plus you get 5 blushes, 1 bronzer and 1 highlighter. A good deal, right?
I don’t own any of Benefit’s box o’ powders and that gave me the incentive to snag this set. I was not suppose to get this because I ordered the Hourglass Ambient Blush palette. But when I saw Benefit Philippine’s IG post last November and saw the price in the comments section, I made it a mission to get one. It was just too tempting to resist.
This is one of series of lip product posts you can watch out for. Since the lip product addict tag post, I discovered that there are other awesome lip products in my stash that I haven’t talked about here. So yeah, let’s start with the newest in my stash: Too Faced Melted Lipstick in Melted Peony.
I got a few items from the recently released Alluring Aquatic and Kelly Osbourne Collection from MAC Cosmetics. These were released last May and June 2014 respectively in the US.
Alluring Aquatic Extra Dimension Bronzer in Aphrodite’s Shell.
I was able to try this bronzer during a visit to MAC’s counter in SM Megamall last July. I was initially looking for one of their lipsticks because it was featured in Maxine‘s blog. This bronzer is not very pigmented so it’s hard to overdo it. It turned me off at first but the SA said he’d apply it on me and it looked beautiful. If you check out the swatch, it has a slight sheen to it but it’s not very visible on the skin. It has a slight orange-brown tint that’s quite flattering on the skin. For very pale girls, you can use this to contour, but for light-medium skinned people like me, this is a great product to give your skin a little bit more color. This would be perfect to use on beach outings. A swipe or two of this on your cheeks will give you that sun-kissed glow. I bought this from Carefreeshopper (they still have stock! Oops, no more stocks. 🙁 ) since it was already out of stock in MAC then.