Review & Swatches: Mac Tropical Taboo Collection

Hey guys and Dolls,

Before I left for LA I picked up a few items from the Mac Topical Taboo Collection. I’ve had a week to play around and test these babies so I’d though Id do a review and share some swatches ๐Ÿ˜€

Mac_Tropical_Taboo_CollectionThere were a lot of gorgeous lipsticks, mineralized blushes and eye shadows but I only snagged up a few Items. I managed to get the Mineralized Skin Finish in Rio ($30), a Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Lady at Play ($22), and two Creemsheen Glasses in Fever Isle and Calypso Beat ($20).

Mac_Tropical_Taboo_Collection_MSF_RioMac_Tropical_Taboo_Collection_MSF_Rio_SwatchThe MSF in Rio is by far my favorite item from this collection. Its an amazing pinky frosted highlight. Its so gorgeous on. It reflects light like crazy so use a light hand. It look fabulous on the cheek bones of course and stunning in the inner corners. Love Love Love this ๐Ÿ˜€

Mac_Tropical_Taboo_Collection_MineralizedLipstick_Ladt_At_PlayMac_Tropical_Taboo_Collection_Lipstick_SwatchThe Mineralized Rich Lipstick in Lady at Play is a bright pinky coral. Its really vibrant, highly pigmented and super hydrating. It really feels fantastic on the lips, super comfortable. Its not the most super long wearing, and doesn’t claim to be either,ย  but it held a good 4 hours before fading.

Mac_Tropical_Taboo_Collection_CreemsheenGlass_feverIsleI also picked up a Creemsheen Glass in Fever Isle. Its a bright pink coral, it basically matches the Mineralize Rich Lipstick in Lady at Play. Its more on the sheer side and highly glossy. It doesn’t swatch great but it does look fab over the mineralze lipstick. The creemsheen Glasses are different in texture to the Lip Glasses, they are far less sticky and are far more comfortable to wear ๐Ÿ˜€

Mac_Tropical_Taboo_Collection_Creemsheen_CalypsoBeatThe Creemsheen Glass in Calypso Beat is a sparkly nude with slight pink undertones. This gloss is so gorgeous. There are gold and pink sparkles but they’re not chunky glitters and don’t feel grainy on at all. Its actually so comfortable and looks great on its own and layered on top of loads of different shades. The pigmentation is pretty great for a gloss, special a neutral shade. Really love this shade and formula.

THE VERDICT:

Over all I would give these bad boys 9/10. The MSF and gloss in Calypso Beat are stand outs for me. The Creemsheen in Fever Isle is super gorgeous over the lipstick but is a bit sheer on its own. The lipstick is really great, the color isn’t that unique but the formula and shiny hydrating finish is fantastic. Though I’m not too sure if I like the packaging on these new lipsticks. Its a bit big and clunky. Maybe it will just need a little getting use to ๐Ÿ˜€

Have you tried any of the products from this collection? Id love to hear your thoughts on the Mineralize Rich lipstick packaging.. is it a nay or yay?

Hugs from Beauty Land

Ulta Haul

Howdie Ho guys ๐Ÿ˜€

So I’ve got another haul for you all. This time it’s from Ulta Beauty Supply ๐Ÿ˜€

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OMG Ulta maybe my new favorite place!! Its amazing in there. I’ve never been there before, so I was super excited to go. When I entered I was mesmerized buy all the amazing beauty products from hair, makeup, nails and much more. It was like a one stop beauty emporium!! Plus the prices were amazing!

Ulta_Haul_RealTechniquesI got 2 Real Techniques brushes: the Blush Brush ($9) and Powder Brush ($10). It was buy one get one 1/2 off so I couldn’t resist, plus this brush line is amazing and super wallet friendly :D.

Ulta_Haul_MaybellineI also picked up 2 Maybelline Color Whispers ($6) in Petal Rebel and Cherry on Top. Ill have some swatches and review for these guys soonish.

Ulta_Haul_NiveaIve also heard great things about the Nivea Lip Buttersย ($3) so when I saw them I just had to pick them up. They had loads of flavors but I went for Vanilla & Macadamia and Carmel Cream.

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Ulta_Haul_NYX_LinerOf course I had to hit up the NYX counter. I grabbed the Liquid Black Liner ($6) and 4 Butter Glossesย in Apple Strudel, Peaches and Cream, Meringue, and Eclair ($5) Of course I could have purchased these things at IMATS but to be honest there were loads of people and the ques were so long I just grabbed what I could. Plus I don’t think I even saw the Butter Glosses there! And even more amazing was the 50% off on NYX at Ulta!! (BTW to my ladies and gents who might not have an Ulta to visit, most of these products can be purchased through amazon)

I haven’t had a chance to play around with the other items but Ive certainly been playing around with the NYX Butter Glosses. In fact I’m so obsessed with them that I’ll probably go back for more. Ill have some swatches and a review up for them soon ๐Ÿ˜€

Hugs from Beauty Land

Summer Sephora Haul

Hey guys ๐Ÿ˜€

So apart from eating loads of good food and hanging out with the family, shopping is one of my favorite holiday activities ๐Ÿ˜€ LOL!! Some may even call it a sport!! Every time I come to the US I load up on makeup and clothing. Especially brands you cant really get out in Europe and certainly not really out in Denmark.

First stop was Sephora to get some products I’ve been wanting to try and repurchases of things I’ve ran out of. So here’s what I got on my fruitful trip to wonderful Sephora on Powell street in SF.

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I picked up 2 eye shadow palettes

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The Too Faced Loves Sephora Palette ($52). Its a limited edition palette boasting 10 awesome eye shadow shades, two bronzers, a blush, a brush that I’m not excited about, and a mini shadow insurance.

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I Also picked up the Stilla In The Light Eye Shadow Palette ($39).ย This palette also comes with 10 shades and a smudge proof waterproof eyeliner in Damsel. Ive been eying this bad boy for over a year now. I don’t really need another neutral palette but I just gave in. Plus Ive been wanting to try the Kitten shade for ever!!!!

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The Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream was next on my list ($28). I actually tried to get my brother to pick this up for me before he came to visit at Easter time but they were all sold out. Its meant to be an all over miracle cream. It claims to moisturize, sooth irritated skin, great for dry elbows, keep stray eyebrows in place, smooth flyaways, prevent or sooth razor burn, use as a lip conditioner, the list is endless really!!! Ive heard raving reviews and I’m really excited to try it out. Especially for my super dry elbow and occasional dry patches around my nose and chin.

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Ive always wanted to try one of the Buxom Full-on Lip Creams ($19). So I picked up one of the newer shades in Mai Tai. Its a super bright coral orange, a shade I’m mighty obsessed with this summer ๐Ÿ˜€

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And lastly I picked up the Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara ($19). This is my holy grail mascara. Its amazing, especially over the Tarte primer. I ran out a few months ago so I had to pick up another one. I might even get one more back up because who knows when ill be back in the US as Ive got thesis writing coming up next semester.

I’m sure I’ll have plenty more beauty hauls to come. I for sure need to go back to Sephora and pick up a stash of Clarasonic heads, and repurchase my Josie Maran Argan Oil. I also need to pick up a new face wash. I’m using The Philosophy Purity cleanser. Its great but I think I’m ready to try something new since Ive been using that non stop for a year now and its almost done. If you have any suggestions on great cleansers for dry to combination and sensitive skin then please let me know ๐Ÿ˜€

Hugs from Beauty Land