MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatic - Enchanted One & Mystical Lipsticks Swatches & Review

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MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatics - Enchanted One & Mystical Lipsticks Swatches & Review

Do you remember the crazy hype when the Alluring Aquatic collection came out? The shiny aqua packaging, studded with faux waterdrops captured the attention of makeup lovers when it came out in May 2014. It certainly shook the cobwebs from my MAC collector instincts, which had been lying dormant after my eldest son was born. I just missed Alluring Aquatic on counters but gradually picked up two of the lipsticks, so let's take a look at them today!

MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatics - Enchanted One & Mystical Lipsticks Swatches & Review

MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatics - Enchanted One & Mystical Lipsticks Swatches & Review

Swatched on bare skin under daylight bulbs

Formula overview:
There were five lipsticks in the Alluring Aquatic collection, four new colours and one repromote (Pet Me, Please, which first appeared in Fabulous Felines, 2010). The lipstick finishes in this collection were a mixture of cremesheens, a lustre, a frost and a matte. Enchanted One is a matte and Mystical is a cremesheen; two of my favourite MAC formulas!  Cremesheens offer semi-opaque colour payoff and are generally comfortable to wear while mattes are super pigmented and velvety in texture. MAC lipsticks have a vanilla scent.

MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatics - Enchanted One Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatics - Enchanted One Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatics - Enchanted One Lipstick Swatches & Review

Enchanted One is described as a 'mid-tone neutral pink'. On me, it's a warm peachy nude which I love - it goes with just about anything! The matte finish is smooth and creamy, it doesn't tug or drag during application and it lasted an impressive five hours without being drying. 

MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatics - Enchanted One Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatics - Mystical Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatics - Mystical Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatics - Mystical Lipstick Swatches & Review

Mystical is a 'mid-tone creamy rose' with a cremesheen finish. Leaning on the brownish side of rose, the glossy and semi opaque finish softens the impact of the colour so it would work on a lot of skintones. I quite like Mystical but Enchanted One has rather hogged all the glory in this case!

MAC Monday | Alluring Aquatics - Mystical Lipstick Swatches & Review


What I liked:
  • Great colour pay off
  • Wear time was between four and five hours
  • Non drying formula
What I didn't like:
  • Nothing!
Start your hunt here:

Did you grab anything from this collection when it was available? I'd still love to get my hands on Goddess of the Sea lipstick and Aphrodite's Shell bronzer one day.

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Blogger Link Up | A Very Naked FOTD

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Blogger Link Up | A Very Naked FOTD

I'm teaming up with a bunch of lovely ladies from #NZbloggers to share my go to look using the perennially popular Urban Decay Naked 2 palette today! This is a palette I thrashed for months after finally buying it, having previously loved the MUA dupe, Undress Me Too, to a cracked and crumbling death. Then, as is often inevitable with makeup addicts, new eyeshadow palettes came along to turn my head and poor Naked 2 got relegated to the back of the drawer. So it's been nice to unearth it and rediscover my old favourite shades for this link up!

Blogger Link Up | A Very Naked FOTD

Although there are twelve shades in Naked 2, all of which are very good, I always find myself coming back to the first six: Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease and Snakebite. They're perfect for creating the warm bronzed eyes I'm so fond of and pack a lot of sparkle. The shimmer does unfortunately create a bit of fall out - Chopper in particular is chronic for it - but I've found the best way to minimize this and create a beautiful molten metal effect is to layer the shadows over an adhesive base like Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy. 

Blogger Link Up | A Very Naked FOTD

The key to using a sticky base is laying down a regular primer and applying your matte shades first. Mattes don't play well with a sticky base and most eyeshadows are difficult to blend over it, so you want to lay down all the groundwork for your crease and any darker shading on the outer V first. Then you can simply apply a thin layer of your sticky base and after giving it a few seconds to become tacky, pat your shimmery eyeshadow over top. The base grabs onto the glitter and sparkle to intensify the effect, as if you've foiled your eyeshadow and it helps to keep it anchored all day, too. 

Blogger Link Up | A Very Naked FOTD

Here I've used Tease on the crease, Foxy to blend out, Snakebite on the outer V and lower lashline, Chopper on the centre of the kid and centre of lower lashline (over Snakebite). Half Baked is on the inner third of the lid and Bootycall is on the inner corner. I then lined and lightly smudged my upper lashline with Maybelline Color Tattoo in Dramatic Black* and used Ardell Brow Pomade in Medium Brown* to carve out some power brows. On my lashes I'm wearing Collection Longer Lash Lengthening Mascara* topped off with Ardell #110 lashes*.

Blogger Link Up | A Very Naked FOTD

On the rest of my face!

FACE
Notoriously Morbid Giant contour**
Notoriously Morbid Numerology blush**

LIPS
MAC Mineralize Lipstick - Cybernaut*

Blogger Link Up | A Very Naked FOTD

I hope you enjoyed this look - do you have this palette too? What are your favourite shades to use from it?

Don't forget to check out the great posts from my fellow #NZbloggers participating in this link up!



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ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Hustle, Sequin, Kimono and Rebel Swatches & Review

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ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Hustle, Sequin, Kimono and Rebel Swatches & Review

ColourPop! Their Super Shock Shadows rocked the beauty world with their unique texture and wallet friendly pricing when they debuted and I, like many others, have not been able to get enough of them since. It's an odd theme that it takes me a long time to blog about a product I'm obsessing over, simply because I'm so busy using it that I don't want to put it away in the 'ready for review' box for a single moment! But I finally sucked it up and I'm ready to show you the first four colours I purchased. 

I grabbed these from a Facebook group lightly used so that I could see whether the formula worked for me before committing to the hefty shipping costs involved in a ColourPop order, so they don't have their boxes, but brand new ones come boxed. ColourPop eyeshadows are housed in a glossy white screwtop pot with a holographic logo. ColourPop advise that the jars need to be kept tightly shut to prevent the eyeshadow from drying out.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Hustle, Sequin, Kimono and Rebel Swatches & Review

Swatched on bare skin under daylight bulbs

Formula overview: 
You've probably heard everyone and their cat describe the texture of Colourpop's eyeshadows already :D But they have a malleable consistency like wet clay - should you press a finger into the eyeshadow you'll leave a hollow, it doesn't spring back or cling like a mousse, nor does it resist like a cream or powder. And of course, it's endlessly amusing to prod at! Because of the wetness of the formula it is important to keep the lid tightly shut to prevent the product drying out. Even so, they have a fairly short official shelf life, with ColourPop advising that their eyeshadows will last three years unopened and a year after being opened. I've now had these a little over a year and there appears to be no difference in quality than when I first got them, so it seems ColourPop are being pretty conservative.

There are seven different finishes in the SuperShock range: Glitter Sheer, Satin, Matte, Metallic, Ultra-Metallic, Pearlized and Pressed Pigments; I have a mixture of Pearlized, Metallic and Matte shades to show you today. Many of the Pearlized and Metallic shades contain glitter which is prone to fall out so applying these shades with a finger or a flat shader brush works best to minimise this and press the glitter into place. The Mattes can be applied with any brushes and are easy to blend out seamlessly. Across the board, everything I have tried from ColourPop has had excellent colour pay off, but what really impresses me is how budge-proof they are. They take a few seconds to set and then remain crease proof for the duration of wear - long time readers will know I have ridiculously oily eyelids that laugh in the face of most primers and eyeshadows, so the lasting power on these blew me away. I even put Sequin on the back of my hand and rubbed at it with my finger once it was set, using increasingly hard pressure, and it didn't smear or fade at all. Pretty much the only transfer was a small amount of glitter on my finger.

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Hustle

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Hustle Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Hustle Swatches & Review

Hustle is described as a burgundy violet with a Matte finish, which sums it up perfectly. This applies and blends out really nicely - it's easy to overlook the mattes inbetween all the glittery, metallic goodness ColourPop have on offer, but Hustle reminds me that I definitely need to check out more of them. I think this would make a beautiful cheek colour on deeper complexions too. 

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Hustle Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Hustle Swatches & Review

For this look I've applied Hustle on the outer half of the lid and lower lashline and the LORAC Pro palette for the rest. 

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Hustle Swatches & Review

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Sequin

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Sequin Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Sequin Swatches & Review

Sequin is a 'copper penny-like shade with silver and gold glitter' in a Metallic finish. It. Is. Everything. If you love coppers and rose golds, which it pulls toward on me, you need this in your life now. Sequin is best applied with your fingers because there's a lot of glittery goodness in there and it will fall out like crazy if not pressed into place. Even so, I did notice continuing fall out throughout the day, but the colour and finish made up for it in my book. If fall out drives you nuts though, it may be a deal breaker.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Sequin Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Sequin Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Sequin Swatches & Review

Here I've used Sequin all over the lid and inner of the lower lashline with the LORAC Pro palette for the rest. The lashes are Ardell Wispies.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Sequin Swatches & Review

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Kimono

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Kimono Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Kimono Swatches & Review

Kimono is a darkened cornflower blue with silver, purple and blue glitters. I don't usually go in for blues - they really don't suit me! -  but I have to concede, this is gorgeous. Unfortunately it appears to have been discontinued, so you'll have to prowl Glambot, blog sales and Facebook sales groups if you want to get your hands on it. As jam-packed with glitter as Kimono is, it works best when patted on with a flat synthetic brush or fingers to keep the glitter in place. Though brilliantly pigmented, it still blends out easily. 

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Kimono Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Kimono Swatches & Review

I've paired Kimono with Femme Fatale Construct on the lid here, Too Faced Teddy Bear & Heaven on the crease and to blend out, and these Born Pretty store false eyelashes.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Kimono Swatches & Review

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Rebel

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Rebel Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Rebel Swatches & Review

Rebel is a khaki green in a Matte finish. This was part of Shaaanxo's collaboration quad of colours, all of which have unfortunately been discontinued. I don't love the colour of Rebel on me (although perhaps that's just my dubious colour placement below) but I definitely couldn't fault the performance, it was a breeze to work with. Another one to track down on Glambot or similar if you love it!

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Rebel Swatches & Review

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Rebel Swatches & Review

I've used Rebel on the crease here, with Darling Girl Naughty Olive Wonder Wand on the lid and Darling Girl Eclipse on the lower lashline. The lashes are these ones from Born Pretty Store.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow - Rebel Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Excellent colour pay off
  • Low price
  • Easy to blend
  • Budge proof once set!
What I didn't like:
  • I experience a lot of fall out with some of the glittery shades.
Where to buy:
Have you tried ColourPop's eyeshadows? Have a favourite shade? Share in the comments!

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MAC Monday: At Your Leisure Mineralize Lipstick Swatches & Review

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MAC Monday: At Your Leisure Mineralize Lipstick Swatches & Review

Today's MAC Monday is a bit of an odd one, because I honestly don't know much at all about this lipstick! I found this Mineralize lipstick, At Your Leisure, on Trade Me and was intrigued when a quick Google for swatches only turned up a handful of results, mostly from Asian bloggers and a listing on the Malaysian MAC site, although it no longer seems to be there. I suspect it may have been an Asian exclusive shade, I know there have been a few of those as the Mineralize lipstick formula has been very popular in Asian countries. I just wish I could find out more about this elusive beauty! 

MAC Monday: At Your Leisure Mineralize Lipstick Swatches & Review

At Your Leisure was my first Mineralize lipstick and I was quickly enamoured by the magnetic closure on the cap; lifting the lid slightly and letting it snap back into place is endlessly, childishly amusing. The tube is very wide, making it unable to fit in the dividers of my acrylic storage trays which is somewhat annoying, but not a dealbreaker.

MAC Monday: At Your Leisure Mineralize Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC Monday: At Your Leisure Mineralize Lipstick Swatches & Review

At Your Leisure is a gold shimmered, warm medium coral shade with semi opaque colour pay off. The Mineralize formula is an absolute pleasure to apply and wear, it glides on smoothly and feels very hydrating. At Your Leisure lasted four hours on me which is consistent with the glossier formula and I was happy that the gold sparkle didn't add any noticeable texture or go wandering about my face, as can sometimes happen with glittery lipsticks! 

MAC Monday: At Your Leisure Mineralize Lipstick Swatches & Review

What I liked:
  • Mostly opaque colour pay off
  • Hydrating
  • Wore for four hours
  • The glitter doesn't add texture or migrate outside the lip line
What I didn't like:
  • The wide tube doesn't fit in standard acrylic storage dividers 
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What do you think of this mysterious beauty?

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Darling Girl Operation Sparkle Collection Swatches & Review

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Darling Girl Operation Sparkle Collection Swatches & Review

Since the Darling Girl Operation Sparkle collection arrived in my hot little hands, I've found myself binge watching the whole series including the Wonderland spin off, delving into themed fanfic and show theories. It's a rabbit hole that I blame Susan from Darling Girl entirely for sending me down.... yet I regret nothing. Except, perhaps, being so late to the party.


But I'm caught up now and I am enthralled. Darling Girl have released three collections based on the many, many characters in the Once Upon A Time universe now: Fairy Tale Romance, Wicked is Coming and now Operation Sparkle, which we'll be looking at today (but expect to see the other collections in time as well!). The collection name is a riff on the codenames Henry and Emma come up with for their adventures and missions and the shades here are all based on members of the Charming family.

Packaging & pricing:
Darling Girl's eyeshadows come in a few different sizing options: full sizes are packaged in 5g jars with approximately 3/4 tsp of product ($6USD). Petits are packaged in 3g jars with approximately 1/4 tsp of product ($2.50USD). You can also try a sample set, which includes 5 shades of your choosing in baggies, each containing 1/8th tsp for $4USD. I've gone down that route many times as you can get samples of any eyeshadows, Diamond Dusts, Spectral Shifts or loose blushes, excellent if you want a great cross section of colours and formulas to try!
The Darling Matte Balms come in a slimline tube with a variable weight of 2-2.5g (I assume the fluctuation depends on the pigments involved with each shade and room for human error as they are hand poured) and are $7USD. Mine is in a clamshell as it is a press sample.

Formula overview: 
Darling Girl's eyeshadow formula is incredibly consistent. I've never come across a dud in the range (and I've accumulated an embarrassing amount); they are, on the whole, very pigmented and easy to work with. Some shades, especially the more glittery ones perform best over a sticky base but can certainly be used on their own.
The Darling Matte Balms are intended to provide the moisture of a balm with a velvety matte finish. They glide on beautifully and have full colour coverage. Depending on the intensity of the colour, they last between four to six hours.

Swatch notes:
All eyeshadow swatches in this post are done two ways: applied on bare skin on the left hand side and over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy, a sticky eyeshadow base which maximises colour intensity and sparkle, on the right. This is so you can see how they perform both ways. Lipstick swatches are done on bare skin/lips. I take all of my photos with daylight bulbs for colour accuracy.

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Snow


Snow White may look beautiful and delicate, but don't be fooled - she's a total badass who will loyally defend her family and kingdom to the death.


Darling Girl Snow Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Snow Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Snow Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Snow is a pale baby pink with gold iridescence, when applied over a sticky base it takes on a stronger pink tone. Darling Girl's highlights are always great and Snow is no exception: it's soft, pigmented and easy to blend out. The sparkle isn't too chunky, so it also makes a great cheekbone highlight. 

Charming


Prince David is better known as Charming, the nickname given to him by Snow White on their first meeting. He does indeed exude charm, as you might expect of a handsome prince (however humble his beginnings).

Darling Girl Charming Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Charming Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Charming Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Charming is my favourite eyeshadow from this collection, it's a light beige with heavy gold to green sparkle. I need to use it again, these pictures have me wondering why I haven't picked it up in a while! There is always some inevitable fall out with an eyeshadow as sparkly as this but it can be minimized by layering it over a sticky base like Darling Girl Glitter Glue. Lovers of sparkly neutrals definitely need this in their collection.

Darling Girl Charming, Snow Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Charming, Snow Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Charming, Snow Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

For this look I've used Charming all over the lid and layered over smoked out black liner on the lower lashline. Snow is on the inner corner, #breaktheinternet is on the crease and I've used the LORAC Pro palette to deepen the crease further,  The lashes are Ardell Demi Wispies.
On my cheeks and lips I'm wearing Right Meow Baby Blush and Snuggle In Sweetie, It's Cold Out There Baby Blush as a highlight.

Darling Girl Charming, Snow Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

The Savior?


Darling Girl The Savior? Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

The daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming, Emma Swan constantly struggles with her identity as The Savior, so the question mark at the end of this eyeshadow's name seems apt! 

Darling Girl The Savior? Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl The Savior? Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

The Savior? is a dark reddened brown with red-violet sparks and a semi-matte base. It darkens up quite a lot over a sticky base and can be a little tricky to blend over one, so I'd recommend using it alone - I didn't heed my own advice and used a sticky base in the look below. Consequently I couldn't quite get the crease blended out smoothly. No fault of the eyeshadow, simple user error! It's such a lovely versatile chocolate-cherry shade, I need to try it on the lid for a dark brown smokey eye, or foiled as an eyeliner.

Darling Girl The Savior? Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Darling Girl The Savior? Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

Here I've used This is Lemonade? (Snow in Love collection) as an inner corner highlight with Lasso of Truth on the inner half of the lid and Bob-B-Q and Fira on the outer half and centre of the lid respectively. I smudged black liner along my lower lashline and patted Avon Calling (also Snow in Love collection) over that. I also used Slave For Sensation from the Matte I'd Like To Find collection as a transition shade and The Savior? in the crease. The lashes are Ardell Demi Wispies. On my cheeks is another Darling Girl gem, Tartelette Inner Glow blush.

Darling Girl The Savior? Eyeshadow Swatches & Review

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Truest Believer


Henry, the biological son of Emma and the adopted son of Regina Mills, is the catalyst for bringing Emma back to Storybrooke and into her role as Savior. His faith in himself and others and power of imagination make his the heart of the Truest Believer. 

Darling Girl Darling Matte Balm - Truest Believer Lipstick Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Darling Matte Balm - Truest Believer Lipstick Swatches & Review

Darling Girl Darling Matte Balm - Truest Believer Lipstick Swatches & Review

Truest Believer is a warm pinky coral - I definitely need a full size tube of this, the matte finish and light pinky hue keep Truest Believer very wearable for any occasion. It applies smoothly, has excellent colour pay off and wears for four hours on me without being drying. The Darling Matte Balms smell lightly like tropical fruit to my nose.

Darling Girl Darling Matte Balm - Truest Believer Lipstick Swatches & Review


What do you think of this collection? Are you a Once Upon A Time fan too?

Darling Girl products can be found on their website. I highly recommend the Darling Girl Glitter Haven Facebook group for sneak peeks and all the latest news and updates.

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