Category Archives: Face

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer: Loving it!

A new product has been added to my list of fave concealers and it is MAC’s Pro Longwear Concealer. It gives good coverage, is easy to blend, has decent lasting power and a nice smooth matte finish.

The only con I have to say about it is that after about 5 to 6 hours, it started to give my undereye areas that subtle cakey look. Still, that may just be something that happens with me. What I really like about this product is a little of it goes a long way. Also, its use is not strictly limited to covering dark undereyes – it can be used on the whole face if needed. I personally like using it as an undereye concealer.

Have any of you tried MAC’s Pro Longwer Concealer? What are your thoughts?


A rave about some new faves: MAC’s Studio Sculpt Foundation and UDPP in Eden

(For those of you that are not familiar with the abbreviation: UDPP = Urban Decay Primer Potion.)

MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation
To many of us beauty junkies, there is nothing more heavenly than a foundation that glides onto your skin so smoothly, blends in so effortlessly, camouflages and covers up skin flaws so brilliantly that it leaves you with a finish so flawless and natural that it looks as though you’re not wearing any foundation at all. You know that when you find a foundation that does that for your skin, your search for the ultimate one has come to an end. Nevertheless, no two people will benefit from the same product in exactly the same way so if the one I’m going to rave about in a moment doesn’t work for you, fear not and have faith, because the holy grail of foundations for you is still out there. You just need to keep searching.

I have found my (current) holy grain of foundations and I am reveling in the discovery of it because it is working marvelously for my skin type. The Studio Sculpt Foundation by MAC has been a dear, dear friend to me for quite some time now. I admit that I purchased the product quite a while back but I never came around to using it until a few weeks ago because I am not a big fan on using foundation during the summer heat (and if you live in the UAE, you know what I am talking about.) I am also not a big fan of creamy foundation but this one has such a nice gel-based consistency to it that it doesn’t leave my skin feeling like it’s under an inch of makeup. The product claims to provide medium buildable to high coverage which is, indeed, true. While I don’t suffer from acne or break-outs (thank goodness those years are behind me!), I do sometimes develop patches of slight redness on my cheeks and around my mouth (due to the summer heat or over-using my face wash/face lotion) and this foundation does a reallllly good job of camouflaging them and evening out my skin tone. It also provides a really smooth and soft matte finish (a “natural satin finish”, according to the product’s description.)

I have oily skin and even though this product claims to be “hydrating” – which means it may contain moisturizing ingredients –  it doesn’t leave my skin feeling or looking oily or shiny, whatsoever. As most of you must know, foundations that claim to be hydrating are a big no-no for people with oily skin types because they tend to leave us with that shiny-face look before the end of the day but since MAC’s Studio Sculpt Foundation is officially oil-free, I give it the thumbs up for people with oily skin (and all other skin types, too.) However, I would recommend that people with dry and sensitive skin use adequate moisturizer before applying the foundation – just to be on the safe side and ensure that it doesn’t dry up or irritate your skin.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden
For those of you that suffer from eyelids that tend to get oily and/or crease your eyeshadow almost immediately, this may be the product you need. I actually found this version of Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion to be the best for my eyelids due to its uber mattifying effect. It prevents my eyelids from getting oily and keeps my eyeshadow crease-free and intact for a good long time throughout the day (about 6 to 7 hours) without having to do any touch-ups. I find this eyeshadow primer to be especially useful for special evening events or occasions that include a lot of picture-taking and dancing because it really enhances the colors of my eye makeup and provides it with really good staying power.

Don’t take my word for it, though. Consider trying the UDPP in Eden at your local SEPHORA store (or any other beauty stores that sell Urban Decay cosmetics) and let me know what you think 😉

Summer Makeup: flash those colors!

Every summer, my makeup style changes to include colors that are more flashy, vibrant and fun. Summer is the season of sunny weather, outdoorsy fun and beach parties (at least, in most parts of the world) and what better way is there to express your summer personality than through your makeup? (Rhetorical question!)

Where the sun shines, so does your skin…from all that grease and oiliness. So, unless you have extremely dry skin, you want to make sure you use foundation that is oil-free and has a matte-finish…and, just in case, seal everything with powder. In fact, during the summer, I try to use only face powder as a “foundation” because it helps absorb any oiliness and keeps the shiny-face look at bay! (I recommend MAC’s Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation. For a cheaper alternative, I recommend Maybelline’s Pure Stay Powder Foundation.) You still need to moisturize first, though, so don’t skip the moisturizer just ’cause you think your skin won’t need it in the summer. Trust me, summer is when your skin needs moisturizer the most. People with normal to oily skin should opt for a matte-effect, oil-free moisturizer.

I love the refreshing blusher colors one can experiment with in the summer. Coral and peachy colors are in this season. If you want that orange-peachy color flattering your cheeks, you might want to try MAC’s Peaches (Pure Peach Sheertone) blusher. If you’re looking for a pinkish-peach shade, check out Revlon’s Perfectly Peach Matte Powder Blush. Other nice blushers with similar shades are: CORALista by Benefit (a warm coral pink), ELF Studio Blush in Peachy Keen and Candid Coral, L’Oreal True Match Blush in Barely Blushing and NYX Powder Blush in Peach.

Baby pink pouts, peachy smiles and coral lips will give you that ultimate summer-siren look. Revlon’s Mattle Lipsticks in Sky Pink and Smoked Peach will compliment your summer tan. MAC’s Satin-finish Lipstick in Peachstock will give your lips a warm peachy color and its Cremesheen-finish Lipstick in Ravishing will create a coral-peachy look. NYX’s Round Lipstick in Harmonica will have your lips glowing bright baby pink! Other lipsticks in nice summer shades are: Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Pink Sugar and Baby Pink, MAC’s Cremesheen-finish Lipstick in Shy Girl, NYX’s Round Lipstick in Summer Love, Sunflower and Watermelon and Maybelline’s Color Sensational Lipcolors in Coral Crush and Peachy Scene.

To compliment the bright summer shades being used on the cheeks and lips, barely-there eyeshadow looks are usually the best. In fact, it’s the eyelashes that you really want to focus on right now. For eyeshadow, it would be wise to stick to neutral to sheer-light colors – any shade that brightens the eye area in a subtle way – because you’re going to be packing on the mascara for a fresh-eyed summer look. Some eyeshadow summer shades to consider: MAC’s Matte eyeshadow in Gesso, its Velvet eyeshadows in Vanilla and Vapour, its Satin eyeshadows in Brule and Shroom, its Frost eyeshadows in Nylon and Ricepaper and NYX’s eyeshadows in Highlight, Barely There and Hot Crystal. Now, when I say mascara, I am not referring to the intense black kind that gives you that false-lash effect. In fact, in the summer, you should try sticking to mascara in shades of brown – the kind that will define your lashes to just the right degree. You could also opt for a mascara in a different color, such as blue or purple, that will make your lashes pop out in a colorful way. So, if you don’t have a mascara in brown (or any other non-black color), then go out there and find the one you like. Maybelline, Rimmel and Max Factor are just a few brands that sell mascaras in different colors.