MAC Style Warriors







Last week I went to a MAC store and attended the Style Warriors Event which was by invitation only. They had yummy canapes, wonderful green tea and mint mojitos and of course new makeup for us to oogle over. I promised myself I wasn't going to go nuts and buy everything in site just because it was available to me. I bought the colors that I myself will use and that I think my brides are going to love and also what I would use for photo shoots. They had bronzers and shadows and liquid face highlighter and so on. Sometimes ladies the permanent colors are just repackaged so I made sure that I bought some different things. The most impressive and eye catching items for me were the Lustre Drops. The minute I saw them in preview pictures and I was itching to get my hands on those. I'm going to have fun with them this summer.
MAC In High Def collection

MAC In High Def collection

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MACaholics, have you peeped the new MAC In High Def collection? It landed on counters today.

Several standout repromoted items grace the release (the Mineralize Skinfinish Naturals, the Face and Body Foundations, and the 188 and 187 brushes), along with four new lipstick colors.

Today’s giveaway features a couple items from the new collection. :)

And because I’m in an extra good mood (tomorrow’s Friday!), I’m also throwing in some vintage MAC tidbits for the cheeks, lips and nails from the Dame Edna and Grand Duos collections.

Ready, set, MAC ATTACK!

The prize

One lucky lady will take home $104 in face, nail and lip goodies from MAC Cosmetics:

  • Face and Body Foundation in N2 from the MAC in High Def collection ($32)
  • Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Deep Dark from the MAC in High Def collection ($25)
  • Mineralize Blush in Love Rock from the Grand Duos collection ($22)
  • Nail Lacquer in Asiatique from the Dame Edna collection ($11)
  • Lipglass in Hot Frost from the Dame Edna collection ($14)

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MAC Face and Body Foundation in N2

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MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Deep Dark

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MAC Mineralize Blush in Love Rock

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MAC Dame Edna Lipglass in Hot Frost

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MAC Nail Lacquer in Asiatique

MAC's Face and Body Foundation





I've been using MAC's Face and Body Foundation or about two years now and it is one of my main go to foundations for summer. I typically prefer medium coverage in a foundation but, in hot and humid climates I prefer a lighter, more natural coverage and an oil-free, water based foundation. This particular product is great because it has buildable coverage for the face and body, meaning if you apply your foundation and find its too sheer just apply more on top until you get the coverage you desire and it still won't look heavy. Also, you can use a darker shade of foundation on your legs and body and rub it in and you get instant color. The Face and Body foundation is very easy to blend and its long-lasting. The consistency is almost water like when squeezed out from its nozzle tip but it quickly disappears into your skin once blended (see pic 2).

I use this foundation on brides quite often because it applies easily and can be manipulated depending on the type of applicator you use, whether it be a sponge wedge, a 187 or 190 brush or even your fingers. I love applying this with a drop or two of MAC's Strobe Liquid or Benefits High Beam, both of which add an angelic, sheer highlight to the face and shoulders, and collar bones, without looking powdery. You can even pour this liquid into an airbrush gun and it works perfectly. Although this foundation is very sheer looking it delivers professional results and it photographs beautifully.

This foundation is available in a wide range of colors and comes in a large 120ml bottle. Its only sold at MAC Stores and available on the MAC Pro website. Next time you are in a MAC store make sure to ask for a sample. As a side note, I have never experienced an acne breakout while using this foundation.
Moisturizer

Moisturizer

The first day of summer technically hits on June 21, but you probably want to start changing your daily makeup routine right around, um… NOW. As the weather heats up, scale back on using heavy foundations, which can melt under the sweltering sun. (How messy would that be?) Instead, swipe on an ultra-light tinted moisturizer that will soak into skin and simultaneously even out your tone for a natural, I-don’t-even-have-to-try-to-look-this-good look.

Here’s two to try:

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Josie Maran Tinted Moisturizer, $38
This tinted moisturizer “with a conscience” contains organic ingredients, no parabens, and no artificial fragrances – just like the rest of Josie’s line. It also includes an added SPF 30 to ward off UVA and UVB rays, so you don’t have to take that extra sunscreen step every morning.

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Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Tinted Moisturizer, $24.50
Swap your morning moisturizer for this tinted version with SPF 15. Made with apricot kernel extract, chamomile, and royal jelly, it absorbs quickly but leaves skin soothed, nourished, and unbelievably soft. Just find your nearest Kiehl’s counter and pick your shade: light, medium, or dark.

Lavera cream

Lavera cream

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At Lavera, save 23% off select products with the code 23YEARS! You can see the specific products included in the sale here.

There are a few very good deals in there. I noticed a foundation that is already 70% off, plus another 23% off the clearance price. There are also some face creams (carrot cream and night cream), both 45/50% off already and eligible for the additional 23%. Definitely worth taking a look through to see if there is anything in there that you need!

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