August 2016 | Samantha Jane

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande 2 Swatches + Launch Info

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande 2
MAC and Ariana Grande are back with another Viva Glam Lipstick and Lip Glass! MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande 2 will launch in North American September 8th and Internationally sometime in September as well. It will be available at most places MAC is sold, Nordstrom, Macy's and of course MAC Stores and MAC Counters. 
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande 2 launches September 2016
As always, all proceeds from the sale of the lipstick and lip glass will go towards helping men, women and children who are living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. I cannot think of anything better than makeup with a good cause! 
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande 2 Lipstick Swatch
As you can see above the MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande 2 Lipstick is a gorgeous, matte orchid pink. Also being launched with the lipstick is the MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande 2 Lip Glass which is a shimmery, neutral mauve (not pictured). 
MAC Ariana Grande Viva Glam 2 Comparisons 
I had a hard time finding a dupe for this lipstick from the rest of my MAC lipstick collection, or any of my lipsticks in general. That being said, cooler toned lipsticks are not something I own many of. As you can see above, it lies somewhere in-between pink and purple, which I think is super fun and unique. 
MAC Ariana Grande 2 Lipstick Swatch
As an NC 42, I generally stay away from orchid type shades. Cooler toned, pinky purples really scare me because they can end up looking very chalky. MAC Ariana Grande Viva Glam 2 however is so flattering! It has just enough warmth and depth to be wearable for me while still looking vibrant! 
MAC Ariana Grande Lipstick Swatch
Will you be picking this up? 

*This product was sent to me for my consideration. 
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Thursday, 4 August 2016

Mary Kay Gel Semi Matte Lipstick Swatches + Review

Mary Kay Gel Semi Matte Lipsticks
Available August 16th, the Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipsticks will retail for $21. There will be 8 shades in the line.
"Gel semi-matte lipstick is the first full-coverage lipstick by Mary Kay to utilize gel microsphere technology for rich, stay-true colour that lasts for hours — without leaving lips looking or feeling dry."
Mary Kay Semi Matte Lipsticks

The texture on the Mary Kay Gel Semi Matte Lipsticks feels creamy and comfortable. They do not leave your lips feeling dry or cracked. They contain Jojoba esters and Sunflower oil which will help to condition your lips. As for the amount of shine, semi matte is true, similar to classic cream formula but with a little less shine.

The packaging is sleek and a shiny black color with a silver decal. The shade names are indicated on the bottom with a sticker but there is also a clear top on the lipstick tube itself that allows you to see which shade you have, this is especially helpful if you have multiple! Shown below.

Mary Kay Gel Semi Matte Lipsticks
The texture on the Mary Kay Gel Semi Matte Lipsticks feels creamy and comfortable. They do not leave your lips feeling dry or cracked. I did not find these slipped around on my lips, a lip liner will help if you have issues with that. When I wore Always Apricot it did leave a little bit of a light ring of built up product on my mouth. Powerful Pink lasted on my lips for 3 hours until I ate a burger, however it did not end up all over my face! 
Mary Kay Gel Semi Matte Lipstick Swatches

The pigmentation is great, one or two swipes to opaque. They do not look patchy or drag upon application like some matte lipsticks can. I think they shade range as well has all of the classic shades you look for in a line. 
Mary Kay Gel Semi Matte Lipsticks

 Top Row: Mary Kay Bashful You, Mary Kay Truffle Tease, Mary Kay Always Apricot and Mary Kay Mauve Moment
Bottom Row: Mary Kay Powerful Pink, Mary Kay Poppy Please, Mary Kay Midnight Red and Mary Kay Crushed Berry


Overall, I really like these a lot! The shade range is perfection, so many beautiful staples! Which one is your favourite?

*These products were sent from PR for my consideration. 
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Monday, 1 August 2016

Dior 'Dior Addict' Lipstick Sensational Colour Hydra-Gel Core Mirror Shine Swatches Fall 2016

Dior Addict Fall 2016 Lipsticks
A part of the Dior Fall 2016 Skyline Makeup Collection, the Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Lipsticks are gorgeous! They retail for $43 CAD at Sephora. The packaging, texture and and wear time are beautiful! They are somewhere between a balm and lipstick. Sheer to medium pigmentation and moisturizing.
Dior Addict Hydra Gel Core Lipstick
As you can see, they have the gorgeous Christian Dior decal in the centre of the tube, I love that this sticks around even after you start using the product. They have no real scent, so if you are sensitive to sent these are all good for you!
Dior Skyline Fall 2016 Lipsticks



Dior Addict Lipstick 752 Fusion
Dior Addict Lipstick 951 Too Much
Dior Addict Lipstick 927 Sophisticated *Limited Edition
Dior Addict Lipstick 987 Black Tie 
 The shade Sophisticated surprised me the most! It has an ever so slight shimmer that makes it so interesting! Generally, shimmer and frost in lipstick is a very big no no for me but I love it. It is a limited edition shade, so if you like it, grab it! Black Tie has the most pigmentation of the bunch, it is a quintessential deep berry shade for fall.  

These are a comfortable but luxurious lipstick. They look great in your purse and on your lips! 

*These products were sent to me for my consideration. 

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