M.A.C Sample Sale Haul With Swatches

M.A.C Cosmetics had its first public sample sale in New York City this past week, and I went! I planned to go on Tuesday, the day it started, but my friend got there first and told me the line wrapped around three blocks. I had an oh-hell-nah moment at my desk and decided to take my cute self home. I finally made it on the very last day (yesterday) just hours before it ended (4 pm EST). The event was very organized; I was impressed. There were still plenty of products, too. I thought I was going to be able to cop some paint pots, concealer, bronzers and blush – but I thought wrong. It was only selling seasonal or limited-editon products. However, everything was 60% off! Here’s what I purchased:

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Velvetease Lip Pencils in Oh Honey, Ready To Go, Velvet Teen & Anything Goes – $8/ea.  |  MAC +Brook Candy Studio Eye Gloss in Black-Yang – $10

I purchased several lip pencils, so maybe I’ll do a giveaway one day. The pencils literally feel like velvet on your lips and dry down to a semi-matte finish.

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M.A.C claims these are matte lip pencils. Imo, they have more of a semi-matte finish.

  • Anything Goes is described as a “rosey fuchsia.” It’s a bright red with cool, berry undertones.
  • Ready To Go is a deep red with warm undertones. M.A.C describes it as a “deep brick red.”
  • Velvet Teen is a deep, eggplant purple. It’s similar to Smoked Purple, but a lot darker. M.A.C describes it as a “deep blackened plum.”
  • Oh Honey is a light, muted brown with pinkish-peach undertones. It’s described as a “warm chocolate.”


The M.A.C + Brooke Candy Studio Eye Gloss is so relevant to the the oily, glossy-eye trend. Black-Yang is a glittery, deep blue with sheer coverage. It works for a glossy, smokey eye look. M.A.C describes its Studio Eye Gloss as a “gloss for the eyes that provides high shine with buildable coverage.”

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Studio Eye Gloss Black-Yang swatch.




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Cremesheen Lipsticks in Black Night and Midsummer Night – $7/ea. | Glaze Lipstick in Ring My Bell – $7

The cremesheens are very much what they sound like – sheer lipsticks with a creamy finish.

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  • Black Night has some shimmer in it and a glossy-to-creamy finish with sheer coverage.
  • Midsummer Night is a sheer, muted brown with pink undertones.
  • Glaze Lipstick in Ring My Bell offers a creamy, metallic finish with sheer coverage. It could build up to opaque depending on how many times you layer it on. Ring My Bell reminds me of M.A.C’s Lipglass in Explicit. Explicit was one of my first buys from M.A.C as a teenager. Both products have a cute 90’s vibe, which I love – and they’re very on-trend considering the metallic-lip buzz that’s been happening, so buying Ring My Bell was a no-brainer.
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Nail Lacquers clockwise: Anti-Fashion, Delicate, Sour Cherry & Midnight Sky – $5/ea.

I have a thing for nail polish, especially dark cream shades, metallic shades and neutral, cream to sheer shades. I love all the colors I bought!

Everything was final sale. It’s only been one day after the sale, but I have no buyer’s remorse lol. However, if I could exchange one thing for another thing it would be the Cremesheen Lipstick in Midsummer Night for an Aim To Please lip pencil.

I’ll be trying these products out soon, and then I’ll post photos on IG. Updated: See all these lipsticks on me here.

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post! 🙂





Product Review: ColourPop Ultra Metallic Lip With Swatches

Top: Man Eater; Bottom: Zebra

ColourPop. The social media makeup sensation that broke the internet with its low prices and richly pigmented products, released its latest line of liquid lipsticks with metallic finishes a few weeks ago. I decided to get hip and bought two ultra metallics and three ultra mattes (not pictured). I’ll be reviewing the items in the above picture since they’re currently VIP items in the social media makeup world and VSO (very sold out). Updated: See the ultra metallic and ultra matte lip products on me here.

So, let’s talk about it… I’ve been on a nude-lip diet these days. That’s why I only purchased two items. There are four metallics total. The other two colors didn’t appeal to me as much as Man Eater and Zebra. The others are cute, but I wasn’t hype to get them even if they’re just six dollars.

colour pop swatches
Top: Man Eater; Bottom: Zebra


  1. The color payoff is legit. There’s no need to apply more than one swipe on the bottom and one swipe on the top of your lips, unless you want a more opaque coverage.
  2. The finish is legit. It goes on wet and creamy, but dries down to a metallic finish.
  3. It does have a comfortable feel on the lips and isn’t overly drying.
  4. The formula doesn’t dry down very fast, so if you do decide to apply more than one coat, it won’t look too cakey.


  1. My lips had a sticky/creamy feeling when I would rub them together, which may have a lot to do with the reason why the brand claims “the formula is not completely transfer resistant.”
  2. The brand also claims the formula is “extremely long wearing” but that claim doesn’t make any sense because you can’t have a product that is not completely transfer resistant be extremely long wearing. The color will wear off after some time, especially if you do things like eat and drink – which means it is not extremely long wearing. Now, if you decide not to eat and drink – your lip color will obviously last longer.
  3. Zebra moved around a bit and started to fade off my upper lip (I smoked hookah that night, had one cocktail with a straw and a little chapstick underneath). When I wore Man Eater bare, the product also started to fade off my upper lip after having breakfast (piece of bread, oatmeal with a spoon and bottled of water). Both products started to fade within four hours of being worn.

Overall, it’s not a bad product for six dollars. Just know it won’t last very long, so take your pictures ASAP! I would buy more colors in this finish, if they appealed to me. My favorite color is Zebra because it’s not too loud even though it has a metallic finish. I love it alone, too. Man Eater would have to be worn ombre style with Zebra, with a dark pencil underneath or something else. I would never wear it alone; it’s not flattering on me.

If you have these colors or the other two colors, what are your thoughts about them? If you have any questions about these two products, please ask in the comments section below and I’ll get back to you asap.

Thanks for reading!


Want To Look Bomb In Minutes? Do This!

Do what? Do your eyebrows! Why? Because your eyebrows are everything! Your brows literally hold the highest value when it comes to your face, especially since they are the first feature at the very top of your face. They come first and should be treated with respect. It’s that serious. Not only do well-groomed eyebrows add symmetry to your face, but they also brighten your visage and add a youthful appearance. Groomed eyebrows manage to give you an instant makeup-in-minutes look without having to put on a full face. It’s the one thing that may just “save face” when you’re in a rush and want to still look cute and alive. If you have no time to do your makeup in the morning (like me), at the very least – do your eyebrows. It’s a game-changer. It’s the only thing I do every morning for sure – aside from showering and brushing my teeth, of course.

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The above image includes my eyebrow essentials:

  1. M.A.C. Select Cover-Up – NW45
  2. Maybelline Great Lash – Clear
  3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – Ebony
  4. Nars Precision Blending Brush #13
  5. M.A.C. Small Angle Brush #266

Application tips:

  1. The first thing I do is brush my errant hairs upward and over with an individual spoolie brush. This typically allows for smoother application. If you’re using ABH Brow Wiz, one side comes with a spoolie brush, so you’re covered. I find it’s too rough to start with and usually save it until the end. I prefer using something a little softer to start. 
  2. Next, I fill in my brows with Brow Wiz using soft, light strokes. I build on this until I’ve achieved my desired coverage.
  3. Now, my favorite part. Concealer! Basically, I go in and conceal my pencil mistakes and define my brows even more, which results in a more polished look. Concealer is used for concealing blemishes, highlighting, etc. and in this case – I’m using concealer to subtly highlight and define my brows with a shade that matches my complexion. Finding a concealer that matches your skin is key to achieving natural-looking brows, especially if you don’t want to wear foundation or tinted moisturizer. Please keep in mind that I don’t add more product to my angle brush when I’m cleaning the top of my brow. It’s really not necessary as you can use the residual product from when you cleaned up the bottom part of your brows. This is why I like to start with defining the bottom first.
  4. After that, you want to blend your life away using a blending brush. I even use my fingers to blend since that warms up the product and helps to blend it into your skin even more.
  5. Then, I use the spoolie end of ABH’s Brow Wiz and brush my brows upward and over to evenly distribute and blend the color for a more natural finish.
  6. To complete my eyebrows, I use Maybelline’s Great Lash in clear as a gel to hold my brow hairs in place.

Eyebrows, done! Add some mascara and gloss and be on your way! This is all I do for work, usually. Sunscreen and eyebrows. Basically, bare. 

I didn’t always know what I was doing, though. Curious about my eyebrow journey? Read on. Continue reading “Want To Look Bomb In Minutes? Do This!”