MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

MAC Pro Longwear ConcealerMAC Pro Longwear Concealer, $22

The NC15 I bought in my May Haul is too damn light for me. I usually do a fair job of estimating foundation and concealer shades, but I really missed the mark with this one. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC15 would probably be appropriate for me at my absolute lightest, but it is definitely too stark for me to wear outside of winter. It isn’t all bad, though – I grabbed a tube in NC20, and now have the ability to mix custom shades as my pigmentation fluctuates throughout the year.

As far as the product itself, I’m generally happy with it and have only one main complaint. Here’s the breakdown.

Coverage

It’s opaque in even the smallest amounts. It can also be somewhat easy to overdo, so blending it with a damp beautyblender or similar sponge would be a good idea – even if beautyblenders aren’t your thing, it’s a good way to start out.

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Lorac PRO Palette 3 Review, Swatches, & GIVEAWAY

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Hello PRO Palette my old friend,
I’ve come to purchase you again.

I say, “again,” but that’s misleading. Until I got exceptionally lucky on May 28 (who said being an Ultamate Rewards Platinum member was without perks?!), I had never purchased the Lorac PRO Palette 3 before. I do own both of its predecessors, and shared similarly when Lorac PRO Palette 2 came out a couple years ago.

 

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I’m tickled. I saw Tati’s swatches on May 12 and was like, “YEP, my body is definitely ready for this.” It seemed, for a while, that Lorac was focusing on other things – the Alter Ego Lipsticks, the blushes. In my view, the Lorac PRO Palette 3 is long overdue. It launches:

  • Online at Ulta.com: June 12, 2016
  • Ulta Stores: June 26, 2016
  • Everywhere Else: July 3, 2016

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Prices have gone up since the last time I purchased a PRO palette; up to $44 from $42, falling in line with Urban Decay’s similar $2 increase but still a whole $10 less than a Naked palette. All the PROs, including the Lorac PRO Palette 3, cost this much. Like its siblings, Lorac PRO Palette 3 comes with the sixteen-shade palette and a deluxe sample tube of their Behind the Scenes eye primer.

Some are salty because they feel that this feels too similar to Lorac Unzipped – although it definitely is similar, the shadow formulation DOES differ between the palettes…and you get more shades out of this one. If you already own Unzipped I probably wouldn’t bother, but if you’re debating? Get this one for sure.

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Let’s jump right into it (swatches and giveaway details after the jump!)

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Worth it? China Glaze Coloured Nail Spray

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Having seeing aerosol nail polish online and on Instagram for a couple months now I picked up a can of China Glaze Coloured Nail Spray on a recent trip to Ulta. It seems entirely too good to be true…so I wanted to show you, dear reader. Priced at roughly $10 normally but on sale as low as $5.99, China Glaze Coloured Nail Spray comes in four colours:

Platinum Silver which I bought

  • Magenta Shimmer
  • Purple Shimmer
  • Bright Blue

The usage instructions call for using China Glaze’s Strong Adhesion Base Coat, two coats of the spray letting each dry, then seal with a top coat. After that’s dry, go wash your hands.

I instead used ORLY Bonder base coat because it’s not only what I had, but also because it really does a great job helping non-gel polish adhere. I applied one coat of that and let it dry.

Then, not knowing what to expect output and odor wise, I went outside to apply. My house is small and not well-ventilated, so I didn’t want to cause discomfort for my husband, cats, or myself. China Glaze Coloured Nail Spray applies very much so like spray paint – I worked in short bursts to cover all my nails. Don’t try to avoid getting it on your skin; it won’t happen. (If you’re concerned, you can tape off your skin so a smaller margin of product ends up on your skin.

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I immediately noticed:

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Becca Rose Gold

This is one of the eight items in the Sephora Paint it Pink set.

I destroyed my only highlighter a few months ago. I wasn’t upset; it was glittery and not terribly flattering on me. I don’t contour much, and I strobe even less than that (aka never), but I did want something to fill that void at some point. I didn’t know what I wanted. Cream? Powder? What color? The super popular one from Becca and a certain YouTuber? No; it’s too much (visually). I don’t want to look like a disco ball; I am neither seventeen nor a pop star nor a YouTuber whose life revolves around being glamorous AF. The look would not suit my features or needs. So this set decided for me.

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When I first cracked open Rose Gold, I got concerned that it would be too dark for me; that it might be better suited for a person with a deeper complexion than mine.

I swatched it on the back of my arm, though, and most of my concerns eroded away.

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Sephora Paint it Pink Set

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I mentioned purchasing the Paint it Pink set in my Value Sets post. I’ve had some time to put it through the ringer now. Today, I’ll share a brief snippet of my thoughts on each item. Full posts for each will follow.

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