—February 27, 2015—

MAC x Cinderella Collection


MAC released their newest collection MAC x Cinderella on February 26, 2015 online and March 5, 2015 in-stores. The collection featured lipsticks, lipglasses, fluidlines, pigments, glitters, eye glosses, mascara, an eye shadow palette and face powders. The products are housed in special edition packaging so there is a slight price increase for some products.

"The most famous Disney princess of all inspires a limited-edition colour collection magical enough to make all your dreams come true. Beloved for her kind heart and determined mind that dares to dream, Cinderella envisages enough makeup shades to fill a pumpkin carriage. All products are transformed in specially designed pearlized light lavender blue packaging that could rival the most regal of gowns."
Here's what I picked up from the collection...


Beauty Powder $28 USD / $33 CAD (0.35 oz.) [LE]
  •  Mystery Princess is described as a pinky beige w/ silver shimmer. [Matte]
Mystery Princess is a pale beige with cool undertones, white sparkle and a frosted sheen finish. The texture was soft, smooth but felt dense and harder to pick up at times due to the high shimmer content. The sparkle was noticeable once applied and did transfer and fall to other areas of the face during wear. It left a sparkly, frosted sheen to the skin that didn't emphasize the look of pores or imperfections. Mystery Princess wore well for +7.5 hours before fading. (4/5)

Iridescent Powder $28 USD / $33 CAD (0.28 oz.) [LE]
  •  Coupe D'Chic is described as a light golden peach w/ solid shimmer. [Iridescent] 
Coupe D'Chic is a light, pink peach with warm undertones and a gold sparkle. Once again the texture was soft, smooth but felt dense to pick up at times due to the high shimmer content. The sparkle was highly noticeable and again, it did travel to other areas during wear. It left a frosted, almost metallic sheen to the skin that lightly emphasized imperfections and enlarged the look of pores on the face. Coupe D'Chic wore well for +7 hours before fading. (4/5)

* Pigment $24 USD / $29 CAD (0.15 oz.) [LE]
  •  Evil Stepmother is described as a blackplum w/ plum pearl.
  •  Pretty It Up is described as a gold.
Evil Stepmother is a dark, blackened purple with cool undertones, pink shimmer and a matte finish. The texture was drier, but was very fine and smooth. When applied dry it was uneven, had okay pigmentation and the shimmer was less noticeable due to not adhering to the skin. When applied wet it was more opaque and pigmented, had a more noticeable pink sheen but it became more difficult to blend out. This shade was frustrating to work with and lasted +7 hours before fading. (4/5) 
 - Pretty It Up is a medium-dark, golden bronze with slight olive shift, warm undertones and a metallic finish. The texture was chunkier, but broke down easily, smoothly and blended nicely. When applied dry it was mostly opaque; applied wet, it was opaque, pigmented and had an intense metallic finish. This shade lasted +9 hours before fading. (5/5)  *I previously owned this shade from the MAC Objects of Affection Holiday Pigment sets, therefore the quality and performance may vary from collection to collection.

Glitter $17.50 USD / $28 CAD (0.15 oz.) [P] 
  •  Reflects Pearl is described as a very fine particle white glitter w/ pearl sheen.
Reflects Pearl is a very fine, white glitter that gives off a wet, pearl sheen look when applied more concentrated with a glitter adhesive. This glitter doesn't adhere to skin very well and tends to travel during wear so an adhesive, like Lit Cosmetics Clearly Liquid Glitter Base, is recommended for cleaner, more intense application. (5/5) *This glitter is not safe for the eyes and is not recommended for use in that area, but it can be used on the face, skin, hair and nails.
Let me know in the video or blog comments what products caught your eye!

MAC x Cinderella

MAC x Cinderella

MAC x Cinderella

MAC x Cinderella Beauty Powder

MAC x Cinderella Beauty Powder in Mystery Princess

MAC x Cinderella Beauty Powder in Mystery Princess

MAC x Cinderella Beauty Powder in Mystery Princess

MAC x Cinderella Iridescent Powder

MAC x Cinderella Iridescent Powder in Coupe D'Chic

MAC x Cinderella Iridescent Powder in Coupe D'Chic

MAC x Cinderella Iridescent Powder in Coupe D'Chic

MAC x Cinderella Beauty Powder vs. Iridescent Powder
(L-R: Mystery Princess, Coupe D'Chic)

MAC x Cinderella Beauty Powder vs. Iridescent Powder
(L-R: Mystery Princess, Coupe D'Chic)

MAC x Cinderella Pigment in Evil Stepmother

MAC x Cinderella Pigment in Evil Stepmother

MAC x Cinderella Pigment in Evil Stepmother
(L-R: Dry, Wet)

MAC x Cinderella Pigment in Pretty It Up

MAC x Cinderella Pigment in Pretty It Up

MAC x Cinderella Pigment in Pretty It Up
(L-R: Dry, Wet)

MAC x Cinderella Glitter in Reflects Pearl

MAC x Cinderella Glitter in Reflects Pearl

MAC x Cinderella Glitter in Reflects Pearl

Disclaimer: All product(s) featured were purchased by me for personal use.

—February 25, 2015—

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette & Alter Ego Set | ULTA Exclusive


LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette & Alter Ego Set (0.54 oz.) retails for $30 USD and features four blushes (4 x 0.105 oz.) and a full-sized lipstick (0.12 oz.). The limited edition set is said to be a $116 USD value and is sold exclusively at ULTA.

"Get Unzipped and unleash your natural beauty with LORAC's Unzipped Cheek Palette and Alter Ego Lipstick Set. This super-sexy pearlized palette comes with 2 matte and 2 shimmer universally flattering blushes and an ultra-pigmented Alter Ego Lipstick in Girl Next Door. LORAC: UNZIPPED, UNAPOLOGETIC AND UNIMAGINABLE!"
The packaging is a slim, cardboard palette with a magnetic closure and features a mirror. The lipstick has a vanilla scent that can be noticed on initial application, but not tasted. In a whole the blushes had great pigmentation and formula, although some shades (mostly the mattes) were lightly powdery in the pan. All four blushes applied easily and blended out smoothly on the skin. I would recommend starting with a light hand to control the color and shimmer level, it's extremely easy to go overboard with this palette.

Underrated is a medium, muted pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, smooth, silky but a tad powdery in the pan. It had good pigmentation and blended out nicely and evenly on the skin. Underrated wore well for +8 hours before fading. (5/5)
Unashamed is a medium, brightened pink with cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture was soft, smooth, silky but powdery both in the pan and on the skin. While this shade had good color payoff, it takes a little more patience to work with and blend out on the skin. Unashamed wore well for +7.5 hours. (4/5)
Unapologetic is a medium-dark, golden brown with warm undertones and a frosted gold finish. The texture was soft, smooth, silky and applied easily. This shade had good pigmentation and left a soft sheen to the skin. Unapologetic wore well for +8 hours. (5/5)
Unimaginable is a light-medium, peachy pink with warm undertones and a frosted champagne finish. The texture was again soft, smooth, silky and applied easily. It had good pigmentation and left a light, frosted sheen to the skin that didn't emphasize the look of pores or imperfections. This shade could easily be used a blush on lighter skintones, or a highlight on deeper skintones. Unimaginable wore well for +8 hours. (5/5)
Girl Next Door is a light-medium, yellow pink with warm undertones and a matte finish. This shade applied smoothly, evenly, fully opaque but had a thick consistency that lightly tugged during application. It had incredible, rich pigmentation in a single swipe, but the formula would benefit best by being applied with a brush. The lipstick has a vanilla scent and was lightly drying over time. Girl Next Door wore well for +4 hours. (4/5)

Overall, this set is an incredible value—you're getting a full sized lipstick and four blushes that can be worn alone or easily layered to create your own desired shade. The colors in this palette will be absolutely great for spring and summer looks, so I highly recommend picking it up if blush is an every day staple for you!

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette & Alter Ego Set

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette & Alter Ego Set

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette Blush in Underrated

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette Blush in Underrated

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette Blush in Unashamed

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette Blush in Unashamed

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette Blush in Unapologetic

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette Blush in Unapologetic

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette Blush in Unimaginable

LORAC Unzipped Cheek Palette Blush in Unimaginable

LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick in Girl Next Door

LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick in Girl Next Door

LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick in Girl Next Door

LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick in Girl Next Door

LORAC Alter Ego Lipstick in Girl Next Door



Disclaimer: All product(s) featured were purchased by me for personal use.

—February 23, 2015—

Lotus Lashes | Mink Lashes


Lotus Lashes are handmade, cruelty free mink lashes that are currently available in 12 styles. The lashes individually retail for $20 USD and are said to be "light weight, comfortable to wear, long lasting, reusable and hypoallergenic."

The brand carries 3 different volumes of lashes, here's a list of the ones I have to share with you today...

75 is described as a medium volume mink with a cross pattern to give a natural look. They are thicker at the roots to define your lash line and thicken at the outer corners to create a winged effect.
105 is described as a medium volume mink with a crisscross pattern that is mixed with straight, thick and thin strips to give your lashes volume and length.
410 is described as a medium volume mink with spiky cut and alternating lengths to add volume and length to your lashes. 
18 is described as a high volume mink with a thick crisscross pattern that will add major volume to your lashes. They are ultra thick at the roots to define your lash line.
100 is described as a high volume mink that are perfect for creating a dramatic, glamorous, high intensity lash look.
217 is described as a high volume mink a crisscross pattern and an eye opening curl that will make your lashes pop. The tapered length of the lashes will give you a gorgeous winged effect.
"We want all of our customers to feel more beautiful and confident, so we have created a lash that is perfect for every lifestyle and eye shape. All of our high quality lashes are lightweight, making them easy and comfortable to wear. Handmade with cruelty free mink, our lashes are long lasting and reusable. Lotus lashes can be worn up to 25 times. Because our lashes are sterilized, hypoallergenic, and made with no added chemicals or dyes, they are suitable for contact wearers, or people with sensitive eyes. Our lashes come in no fuss; compact and lightweight packaging that can be used to store your lashes when you are not wearing them."
The lashes come housed in cute pink packaging with gold detailing and a bow. The back of the box shares application and care instructions, and there's a label on the bottom stating the lash style number. The lashes are "sterilized, hypoallergenic and made with no added chemicals or dyes so they are suitable for those with sensitive eyes."

I've been testing and using these lashes for about a month now and truthfully, they are unlike any synthetic lash I've ever worn. These mink lashes are extremely lightweight, soft and blend easily with your natural lashes. The lash band is thicker than most false lashes, but this ensures they will remain durable and last through more wears.

The brand states their lashes can be reused up to 25 times—I haven't tested them to that extreme yet, but my most loved pair, #18, have been worn a large handful of occasions and have held up beautifully. With regular synthetic lashes I find myself disposing a pair every 4 - 5 wears, and these have already surpassed that with 10 - 12 wears, showing no physical damage, shedding, stray hairs or displacement.

Dimensions for each set are listed on the website, which helps you get a better idea of the best lashes for your eye shape. Correct me if I'm mistaken, but I've never seen a company list the lash dimensions before! I did have to cut the lashes down band-length-wise, but I appreciate the fact they are extra long and require that extra effort. It makes the lashes feel custom and I love being able to add the trimmed section to my lower lash line for a more dramatic effect.

Overall, there's not much more to say besides Lotus Lashes becoming my most used and loved lashes to date. Mink lashes are without a doubt more durable, lightweight and natural-looking than any synthetic lash out there. So if you're a false lash fan or they're a staple in your make up routine, I would highly recommend checking out these lashes!

Available now from Lotus Lashes and be sure to check out their Instagram!

*Interested in seeing these lashes incorporated in looks? Stay tuned to my YouTube channel for more tutorials and videos!

Lotus Lashes

Lotus Lashes

Lotus Lashes

Lotus Lashes

Lotus Lashes

Lotus Lashes #18 (High Volume Mink)

Lotus Lashes #18 (High Volume Mink)

Lotus Lashes #18 (High Volume Mink)

Lotus Lashes #75 (Medium Volume Mink)

Lotus Lashes #75 (Medium Volume Mink)

Lotus Lashes #75 (Medium Volume Mink)

Lotus Lashes #100 (High Volume Mink)

Lotus Lashes #100 (High Volume Mink)

Lotus Lashes #100 (High Volume Mink)

Lotus Lashes #105 (Medium Volume Mink)

Lotus Lashes #105 (Medium Volume Mink)

Lotus Lashes #105 (Medium Volume Mink)

Lotus Lashes #217 (High Volume Mink)

Lotus Lashes #217 (High Volume Mink)

Lotus Lashes #217 (High Volume Mink)

Lotus Lashes #410 (Medium Volume Mink)

Lotus Lashes #410 (Medium Volume Mink)

Lotus Lashes #410 (Medium Volume Mink)


Disclaimer: All product(s) featured were sent for consideration. For more information, please read my disclosure policy.