A palette for every mood: MAC Girls eyeshadow palettes

Ever do your makeup based on your mood for the day? When I’m feeling powerful (AKA when I have a tan and everything looks good), I wear bronze eyes; when I’m feeling sexy, I do smoky eyes; and when I’m feeling more romantic and pretty, I do pink eyes.

In probably one of the coolest collections I’ve ever seen, MAC Cosmetics came out with a range of eyeshadow palettes based on different personalities. Whether you’re a basic bitch, fashion fanatic, prissy princess, or power hungry, there’s a palette for everyone. With six different palettes to choose from, you’re bound to find one that will suit your mood and personality.

Each palette contains eight eyeshadows and one highlighter. They are all themed and contain a set colour palette (so for example Mischief Minx has bronze shades, Fashion Fanatic is warm/pink shades, etc.). The eyeshadows in here contain a mix of mattes, shimmers, and glitters, and are in a new formula, which delivers amazing pigmentation and colour payoff.

MAC Cosmetics Girls palettes in Power Hungry, Basic Bitch, and Prissy Princess MAC Cosmetics Girls palette in Prissy Princess

I received three of the palettes and was so excited to dig into them, because A) they are super cute, and B) I was totally digging the colours. Prissy Princess features romantic cooler-toned pink and neutral shades and is the perfect day-to-night palette. At first glance I totally thought this would be a more daytime-appropriate palette, but aside from the two pink colours (Colour Me Spoiled, the matte blush pink, and Sweet Tart, the rose shimmer) the rest of the shades lean towards more nighttime wear. The glitter in here (Too Good To Be True) is really gorgeous and pigmented, I really loved how sparkly it is when you apply it on the lids (I find glitters in general to be very sheer, that wasn’t the case with this one). The darker shades are perfect for a smoky eye or to use in the crease (which is what I did with them). The highlighter is a beautiful pink champagne, that for a highlighter, won’t give you an incredible amount of shimmer, but it does the trick.

MAC Cosmetics Girls palette in Power Hungry

Power Hungry is my favorite palette from the bunch and features a range of gold and neutral shades. I find this one to be the most wearable and would definitely be a staple in anyone’s rotation through the summer months. The metallic gold casing includes browns, golds, and neutral shades in a variety of formulas, as well as a shimmery gold highlight. If you have olive-toned skin or like to tan often, I highly recommend this palette as it just so flattering.

MAC Cosmetics Basic Bitch Girls palette

The last palette I received is Basic Bitch and, not gonna lie, I wanted this one solely based on the name alone. The shades in here scream “let’s go out” as they are a little more edgier and darker. There’s a couple glitters (Sly Girl, a titanium, and Tattle-Tale, silver) as well as a burgundy (totally on trend for this fall, pair it with Ugg boots, a grande PSL, and the dog filter on Snapchat), there’s a couple more greys of all different shades and a creamy white. The highlight is a silver pink highlighter. Overall this is definitely a night time palette, however, you can definitely work with it to make it more daytime appropriate.

In addition to those three palettes, there’s also Rockin’ Rebel (blue/green shades), Mischief Minx (bronze shades, but learning more towards orange-toned as opposed to the yellow-toned bronzes in Power Hungry), and Fashion Fanatic (warm, pink shades). Like I said, my favourite hands-down is Power Hungry because I found it the most wearable for everyday, no matter the time. All the palettes though have incredible colour payoff for the shadows. I find MAC eyeshadows to be hit or miss in texture, but all the ones I tried in these were amazing. As for the highlighters, I feel like these could have glowed a little better, as there are definitely better highlights out there, but I do like the fact that they included one in each palette that matched the corresponding shadow shades.

Swatch of MAC Girls palette in Basic Bitch Swatch of MAC Girls palette in Power Hungry Swatch of MAC Girls palette in Prissy Princess

These are all sold out online, however, I have seen them at my local MAC counters, so if you’re interested in picking one (or all of them, depending on how you are feeling that day) up, I would check your closest MAC retailer. They retail for C$39.50 each, with a value of C$160, so it’s like a total steal!

Which Girls palette are you?

Please note, I was sent these products from PR. All opinions are my own.

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Rainbow hair: Clairol Color Crave Hair Makeup

I swear ever since L’Oreal released Colorista, an at-home washout hair dye available in a range of pastel rainbow shades, it seems like more and more brands are jumping on the bandwagon.

I’ve tried Colorista a few times and was always happy and surprised by the results. I’m such a fan that I’ve even had a few people I know buy it and try it out due to my recommendation. Since I’m totally pro-coloured hair I was excited to hear that more brands are jumping on board and coming out with their own versions of at-home pastel colour.

New from Clairol is Color Crave, available as hair makeup and semi-permanent hair colour. The semi-permanent hair colour sounds very similar to their L’Oreal counterpart, in that it lets you dye your hair one of 11 different fun bright colours that last for 15+ washes. The difference with this version is that, unlike Colorista, which is for either blonde or brunette hair depending on the colour, the Clairol version is visible on any hair type, meaning that if you want to dye your brunette hair pink, now you can (whereas other brands limit this colour to just blondes). They also offer a bleach kit to give you a more vibrant look.

Clairol Color Crave Hair Makeup in Shimmering Platinum

I haven’t tried out the semi-permanent colour, however, I did get my hands on the hair makeup. This stuff is temporary hair makeup that washes out after one shampoo. Available in six shades (Shimmering Rose Gold, Brilliant Amethyst, Brilliant Ruby, Shimmering Copper, Shimmering Bronze, and Shimmering Platinum), this product also works on both blondes and brunettes and all you simply do is paint it on, blow dry it, then you’re good to go. You apply it by squeezing the tube and the product is dispensed on a sponge applicator tip that you simply swipe on your hair.

I received Shimmering Platinum since I’m still very much digging the whole grey hair look. I recently went blonde so I thought I was the perfect candidate to try this out. I pulled it out last Friday and was so excited to give it a whirl, but instead I ended up with a mess of silver everywhere and a lack of colour in my hair.

Like I said, you apply this by squeezing the tube, which then dispenses the product on the sponge. The issue is that when you paint this on it tends to get other hairs caught up in it (if you want to do some highlights). I found that doing this myself it was a bit tricky as the silver ended up getting sprayed all over my counter, sink, mirror, hands, you name it. What I finally ended up doing was just placing a paper towel down, segregating the hair, and bending over while I painted it on a flat surface. I did use a comb to blow dry the pieces because otherwise I found they would get tangly or dried together, but by using the comb it actually brushed out the colour a little bit. I did see some slight silver in there, but honestly, I couldn’t even take an after photo because it was gone by the time I styled my hair the next morning (and I applied it at night right before going to bed).

Clairol Color Crave Hair Makeup in Shimmering Platinum

Most of the promo photos I’ve seen for this product has shown the product being used on a braid or on styled hair. I think that it would work better that way since the hair is already fastened on the head (meaning that it won’t go flying and you can actually apply some pressure). I love this idea of this product, especially with Halloween coming up, but unfortunately the silver did absolutely nothing for me. I’m thinking a more pigmented colour, like the purple or rose gold, would be a better fit.

Have you tried out any of the Clariol Color Crave products? What were your thoughts?

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Memory of scent: A scent journey with Pine-Sol Cleaner

Everyone relates certain feelings to scents. There’s been so many times where I smell something and say “it smells like Vegas”. Whether it’s coconut (because it reminds me of The Mirage) or Victor & Rolf Flowerbomb (where I would often wear the fragrance, and where I bought it for the first time), there are certain smells that remind us of certain times in our lives or fond memories.

My current favourite scent is anything pumpkin spice or vanilla, since one whiff of it instantly reminds me of fall. With the weather getting cooler, all I want to do is stay in, feel comfy in chunky knit sweaters, light my favourite candles, and just chill (with a loaf of pumpkin bread of course). Because of that, last weekend my boyfriend and I decided to do come canning and make some chili red pepper jelly with the chilis we were growing all summer. My boyfriend was manning the stove top, looked away for a second, and the liquid boiled over, onto the stove top and then onto the floor. Needless to say, not only did my smoke detector go off, but since the jelly contains a lot of sugar, my hardwoods were incredibly sticky as well (it was so gross).

Since I knew my Swiffer wasn’t going to cut it, I instantly remembered that I had some Pine-Sol and used it with water to mop my floors and get rid of that gross stickiness and help with masking that peppery scent in the air.

I had a few containers of Pine-Sol but was happy I used the Lavender Clean one since not only did it make my floors so much cleaner, but it made the air smell fresh and relaxing. Since lavender is a very calming scent, it made the whole fiasco of the red pepper jelly mess so much better since although my whole kitchen (and the air in my condo) was a disaster, mentally I didn’t feel like it was.

Although I also love the original scent of Pine-Sol (it reminds me of summer and camping), I’m also digging the Mandarin Sunrise one since it’s so energizing. There’s also a Lemon Fresh one and Spring Blossom, but if you ask a lot of people, they would probably say the original is their favourite. Pine-Sol is such a memorable scent for a lot of people (especially if they grew up with their parents using it to clean their homes). I can totally relate since any time I smell a certain of perfume of mine, it always brings back a memory or makes me feel like I’m there once again.

Pine-Sol flat lay

Although I’m not a huge fan of cleaning in general, after using Pine-Sol the other weekend I’m kinda tempted to do clean my whole living area just to get a whiff of that scent in the air. I think that whenever I smell it now I’m going to remember that disaster of a situation, which looking back at it now it’s just a funny memory.

What smells invoke a special moment for you?

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