MAC’s Quite Cute Collection: Lipstick Favourites

From left to right: Quite Cute, Candy Yum Yum, Saint Germain

So I was so excited when I first saw MAC’s Quite Cute collection a few weeks back. The collection is full of pastel pinks and purples, which happen to be my favourite colours! Especially in lipsticks, which caught my eye first.

I went to check out the collection yesterday, the day it came out, and ended up picking up two colours. I got Quite Cute (creamsheen white lavender) and Candy Yum Yum (neon pink). When I first saw Quite Cute online I fell in love. It reminded me so much of Fashion Mews from the MAC Hello Kitty collection, which to this day remains my favourite colour of all time. I however, made the mistake of not picking up a backup so I had to ration out the lipstick. Of course, the stick is beyond unwearable now as there is nothing left in it.

Anyways, I knew I had to pick up Quite Cute (I’m going to wear it for a few days and see if I like it enough to get another one) but I was also thinking of getting Candy Yum Yum (CYY) as well. CYY is so neon pink it hurts. It’s pretty much straight out of the 80’s. This colour is definitely something that you pull out on a Friday night with your hair in a high fashion bun with minimal makeup. It’s super bold. If you want this colour I would recommend going to pick it up like now. I know both Quite Cute and Candy Yum Yum are already sold out on the MAC website, so if you see them at a counter or store and if you want it or thinking about it, I would say buy it. They seem to be going pretty fast.

I just want to note that this collection seems to be more targeted towards lighter skinned individuals, which fortunately for me, I fit the bill. Quite Cute can have that sickly look to it if applied on the wrong individual and Candy Yum Yum, well, I mean it’s definitely not for everyone.

Left to right: Saint Germain, Candy Yum Yum, Quite Cute

I only got the two lipsticks, but I do want to mention that they are also repromoting Saint Germain in this collection as well. I love Saint Germain, I bought it about half a year ago when I went to the MAC store and tried to find a dupe for Fashion Mews. It’s not the same at all, but it’s just the prettiest pink and it really makes you stand out. It’s bold, but definitely a lot softer compared to Candy Yum Yum.

The other two colours in the collection are Playing Koi, “a creamy white peach pink” (it really reminds me of Myth and I have that colour so that’s why I didn’t pick it up), and Play Time, “a creamy intense violet”. I might pick up Play Time, I’m currently thinking about it.

As for the rest of the collection, the eyeshadow quad is cute, but I might just pick up a couple colours from it and add them to my pro palette. I heard they aren’t that pigmented. The blushes are also nice, they have a cute little heart in them. I don’t need a new blush so I passed on these.

If you want to see the entire collection visit MAC’s website, and if you see something you like in store, I would pick it up right away.

What are your impressions? Anything on your wish list?

UPDATE: I picked up a back-up of Quite Cute last Friday, it was the last one in the store and it was a low traffic counter as well. I also picked up Play Time for my mom as she really liked the colour when she saw it online. It looked good on me but better on my mom, so I got her one. Nice daughter, huh?

Glitter… In 3-D! A DIY Project

Hi all!

So for awhile now I have had the idea to really spice up a pair of 3-D glasses.  A month back I came up with these beauties and although I haven’t seen a a 3-D movie since February (Never Say Never 3-D) to test them out, I thought I would share my creation with all of you!

I think that the 3-D glasses in theatres are just so boring, and okay, I know what you are thinking, “who cares, you are there to watch a movie, no one is going to be paying attention to what is on your face” but I love sparkly things so I thought, how cool would it be to bedazzle a pair of glasses??

I had a really cute headband that had little gems on it that unfortunately broke so I took off all the sparkles and attached it to these babies.  I thought I would share the process with all of you just in case you want to get creative too!

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

  • Gems- Like I said I got these from a headband that broke but check out an arts supply store like Michaels or even your local Wal-Mart.

  • Glue- I used eyelash adhesive because it sticks very well, but if you are very careful you can try this with super glue too.

  • Tweezers
  • 3-D Glasses- You get these for free when you watch any 3-D film, it is included in the cost of your admission.

Step 1: Dip the Gems in the Glue

Using your tweezers, pick up one gem at a time and dip it in the glue.  Wait for the glue on the back to get a bit tacky before you apply it to the glasses.

Step 2: Apply the Gems to the Glasses One at a Time

You will need to dip and apply each gem one at a time until the arm is full, or you could create some funky designs instead.  The glue I’m using is white but dries clear, there is some clear eyelash adhesive out there as well if you choose to use this as the glue.  I couldn’t find my super glue and I’m quite clumsy so I thought this would be the safest bet.

Once you have all the gems on there I do recommend going over the entire arms with clear glue to really set the gems.  After that you are done!  Pretty easy hey?  You can also add gems to the front of the glasses as well.

I thought it really added some flair to the entire look.

So there you have it! Bedazzeled 3-D glasses.  Like I said, I have not tried these out yet in theatres and I hope they don’t set off too much glare thus annoying people, but I think they are cute and totally make a statement.

Let me know if you try this and how yours turned out!

Makeup Be Gone: The Hunt to Find the Best Makeup Remover

From left to right: Clinique's Take the Day Off, MAC's Pro Eye Makeup Remover, and Maybelline's Expert Eyes 100% Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

So after my lash fill on Friday I figured it was time to go out and get a good eye makeup remover. Up until this point I have been using Clinique’s Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes, and Lips, but it is an oil-based remover and those types aren’t recommended for eyelash extensions.  I thought it wouldn’t matter but after a few days of using it I did notice that more lashes than usual would fall out.  So I tried an old bottle of Maybelline’s Expert Eyes, a 100 per cent oil-free eye makeup remover, but honestly the stuff is just like glorified water, it didn’t do anything.

So yesterday I figured I would go pick up MAC’s Pro Eye Makeup Remover and so far I really like it.  I thought I would do a comparison between the three because upon reading reviews online I discovered that a lot of people are comparing MAC’s product to Maybellines.  So I thought I would do my own review with the two products, as well as an oil-based remover like Clinique’s.  I also thought I would do a test as well.  I took my Joe Fresh black eyeliner and drew a line on my hand and then, using each remover one at a time, I counted the number of swipes it took to completely remove the liner.

The Test

Maybelline Expert Eyes

Maybelline Expert Eyes- a 100 per cent oil-free eye makeup remover

 

From Maybelline.ca:

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

This 100% oil-free formula gently and effectively removes washable mascara and eye makeup without oily residue.

FOR BEST RESULTS

Slightly moisten a cotton ball or tissue with the remover. Gently press and hold for several seconds against your closed eyelid. Gently wipe off. Rinse eye area with water. Wait five seconds then wipe with tissue. 

The product comes in a 2.3 fluid ounce, 68 ml bottle.  It has a flip top lid and you squeeze the solution out.

On the back of the bottle it says:

  • Formulated to gently and effectively remove washable mascara and eye makeup without oily residue.
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance-Free
  • Safe for Sensitive Eyes
  • Ophthalmologist Tested

Directions:

  1. Moisten cotton or tissue, squeeze to remove excess.
  2. Close eyes.  Gently press against lid, hold for a few seconds.
  3. Gently wipe off.  Rinse with water.

I purchased this product a few years ago because I needed an eye makeup remover and I didn’t want to shell out a lot of cash for something that gets rid of makeup.  I have about 3/4 left in the bottle and that is totally because this product did not work for me.  It did not remove any makeup at all and with eyelash extensions the number one rule is ‘no rubbing’, so therefore I didn’t want to rub this product on my eyes.  I would totally rather go with the oil-based cleanser, I mean both ways would leave me with falling-out lashes anyways…

On the swipe test, I had to swipe this product a staggering 18 times before the eyeliner wasn’t noticeable anymore.  That’s a lot, and I bet you you would probably get the same results with water.

I think this product retails for $4-5 in Canada, but I wouldn’t waste your money on it.  Try to find a better makeup remover that actually does what it claims – remove makeup.

MAC Pro Eye Makeup Remover

MAC Pro Eye Makeup Remover

 

From the MAC website:

A mega-effective remover that lifts off every look – from delicate to dramatic – without smudges, tears or aggression. Pro-quality, yet decidedly gentle; calms, hydrates and soothes skin with cucumber extract. Makeup can be immediately reapplied. A favourite of busy models.

The bottle is a screw off top with a little opening inside so you can dip a Q-tip in it.  It is 100ml and 3.4 US fluid ounces.

On the back of the bottle it says:

Saturate cotton pad.  Gently sweep over eye area.

I really liked this product.  Like I said in the beginning of the post, I have only used it once because I got it yesterday, but if you need a good oil-free makeup remover I would recommend this one so far.  It is a bit pricey however, $21.50 in Canada and $18 in the U.S. and I’m not sure how long the stuff will last for.  I don’t typically use a makeup remover every day because it depends what I’m wearing on my eyes.  Most times water and soap will remove the product, however, there are the odd times where it just won’t come off.  If you use this product everyday, it can probably last you two months max I would say.

As for the swipe test, it did really good.  I only had to swipe the cotton ball four times before the eyeliner was gone.

All in all, if you are looking for a oil-free remover and don’t mind spending the money, then give this one a try.  Much better results than Maybellines.

Clinique Take the Day Off

Clinique's Take the Day Off Makeup Remover for Lids, Lashes, and Lips

 

From the Clinique website:

Take The Day Off

Totally tugless, two-way makeup remover speeds the departure of hard-to-remove eye and lip makeups. Dissolves and “lifts away” long-wearing makeup, even waterproof mascara. Non-irritating, non-stinging. Ophthalmologist Tested. Appropriate for contact lens wearers.

How To Use
Shake well before using, then saturate 100% cotton ball with remover. Cleanse one eye area at a time. Apply to eye area and hold for several seconds, then wipe with downward strokes. Repeat using fresh cotton ball if necessary. Use a new saturated cotton ball or tissue for lipstick removal; rinse with cool water.

I just want to start off by saying that I have the mini version of this product, the ones you get with the Clinique bonus times.  A full-size bottle is 125 ml and retails for $21.50 Canadian, so the same as MACs.  The bottle’s cap is similar to an Advil bottle, you know those child-proof kinds that you have to press in and turn?  It’s one of those.

This particular remover has two levels to it – water and oil.  You shake them up and it will create the makeup remover.  I have always liked this product, I have had a full-size bottle of this in the past and thought it worked wonderfully.  The only thing that is a bit annoying is that wherever you use it it leaves an oil residue that you have to rub off.  Not a bit deal though, I think the pros definitely outweigh the cons when it comes to this product.

For the swipe test, it did the best out of the three- the liner was gone in three swipes.  I did expect it to do the best as I have always found oil-based removers to take off makeup the best compared to anything else out there.

So to sum everything up, I would say to skip Maybelline’s Expert Eyes, I would try MAC’s Pro Eye Makeup Remover (it is a bit pricey though) if you want an oil-free based remover and Clinique’s Take the Day Off remover is very good as well if you like an oil-based solution.

What are some of your favourite makeup removers?  If you know of a good oil-free one please let me know because I love trying new products.

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