Category: Haul

My Picks from MAC Baking Beauties Collection

Those are my picks from a recent MAC collection called Baking Beauties, the name sounds really great and i thought it is going to be a big collection with a lot of pinks and pastel colors, true there are alot of pastels but most of the colors arent really wearable to be.

I picked the two Pearlmatte Face Powders because they are super cute, the one with pink is called Pink Buttercup and the one with orange is called In For A Treat, in addition to those i only got one lipstick which is Lavender Whip, it is a repromote color but i read that it is changed into more pink than purple, i also got one brush which is an SE 129 Powder/Blush Brush.

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New Makeup Organizers

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I recently got those acrylic cases for storage, you can use them for anything and i see them perfect for my makeup, i am glad that i have found something to make me clearly see all my lipsticks, but it is already full so i will definitely need another one. I also got a bunch of holders for my brushes, i wished i got more because i really have alot and i like to divide them in a certain way.

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I got a smaller divided organizer for my glosses, i used to keep them in a tools box but it is already full and cannot close it anymore, plus i couldnt see all my glosses before, i like to keep them standing properly and not unlike some who like to put them upside down to see the color because the gloss will leak out of the bottle/tube, it is safer to keep them this way.

I got those acrylic cases from Muji at The Dubai Mall, it is recently opened and they sell almost anything like clothes, shoes, stationary, storage boxes, and many usefull lifestyle items.

Illamasqua Haul and Review

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I will talk a bit about some products i have purchased the last time i went shopping at Illamasqua which was about 2 months or more i am not sure, i have posted before about the brushes and lipstick and how good they are.

Illamasqua have launched more shades to the Skin Base foundation line, if you are familiar with the foundations you might experience this problem while choosing the right color, most of the time you wont find your exact shade, its either too yellow, or too pink, sometimes you will need to mix two shades to get the proper one. I even had this problem before, i couldnt find my exact shade so i went to the closest which is #9 but i think it is a bit yellow to my skintone. Illamasqua were aware of this problem and they launched extra colors to the line, colors that are mostly less yellow and less pink, so i went for #8.5 which is perfect for me.

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As most people know, or hear, Illamasqua make the best blushes, they are very pigmented so you always have to make sure to apply as minimum as possible and build up the color if you need more. This time i picked Unrequited which is a blue based barbie pink, and Naked Rose which is a dusty rose. Both blushes are great and i love them both, i like using them with Illamasqua’s angled brush for application.

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Unrequited

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Left: Unrequited, Right: Naked Rose

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Left: Unrequited, Right: Naked Rose

The eyeshadow collection is pretty basic, i have used creamy eyeshadows and loose pigments so this time i went for powder eyeshadows, i have chosen two highlighting colors, the pearly white is called Moonflower which i mostly use under the brow bone, the other champagne color which is my favorite is called Slink, this is such a beautiful color to be used under the brow bone, on the tear duct and also as a cheek bone highlighter. This color is so versatile and i am loving it.

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Left: Slink, Right: Moonflower
Left: Slink, Right: Moonflower

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In addition to those products, i have purchased a mascara, i believe it is the only one by Illamasqua and it is called Raven, i have posted about it before on my Instagram saying that it is my current favorite (in addition to Doll Eyes by Lancome). The mascara is super black, it volumizes and thickens the lashes in just one coat, the formula is a bit heavier than usual mascaras which i really like, and this will make it clump a bit, so make sure to apply it carefuly, not too many coats and/or brush your lashes with a clean spooley brush afterwards to get rid of the clumps.

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Finally, i have also purchased an eyelash curler, i’ve been using it ever since i bought it and it is amazing. I have been using one by Shu Uemura which was amazing then i switched to MAC which was OK but it didnt give me great results like the Shu Uemura did, so this one by Illamasqua gave me almost the same curling results as the Shu Uemura one.

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Latest Drugstore Makeup Purchase

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I am not a drugstore makeup girl but i cannot say that i dont buy from time to time, its not that they are of lower quality but i think it is more of a habbit, in addition i feel that our stores dont pay alot of attention to those brands and dont care much of restocking whatever is out of stock, and not bringing what’s latest.

Anyways, this is what i recently bought from a store at Delma Mall called Exquisite, it is a small store that sell drugstore cosmetics, perfumes and some hair accessories. I actually went twice, the first time i got the bigger haul and the second time the other three products.

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My Picks: Anna Dello Russo at H&M

Those are some of the pieces i got from Anna Dello Russo at H&M collection that i posted at my  instagram account, i went a bit crazy over this collection and also bought gifts for my family and some friends. What do you think of this collection? and how far did go with it?

You can follow me on instagram @TheJulyBloom

 

Current Favorite Blushes by MAC

Recently MAC launched a Limited Edition Collection called StyleSeeker, and i got those two blushes that instantly became my top favorites right now as soon as i used them.

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The bronzy one is called Worldly Wealth and it has a frost finish. I like to use this just like a regular blush and apply it the same way and pulling it a bit down to the hollow of my cheeks, but i avoid the apple of my cheeks.

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The peachy color is called Supercontinental and it has a satin finish, i like to apply this color on the apple of my cheeks only just to give a pop of color with the bronze (Worldly Wealth).

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My Picks: MAC Heavenly Creatures Collection


MAC recently launched Heavenly Creatures Collection in Abu Dhabi MAC stores, the collection is all about Mineralize skinfinishes, eyeshadows,  blushes, Cremesheen Glasses, lipsticks , brushes and a mascara, in addition to Mineralize skincare line.

Those are my picks from the collection:


Mineralize Skinfinish: Star Wonder

This is the only Mineralize Skinfinish that i liked from the collection, the rest where either too light, too dark or too shimmery. This one is a bit shimmery to my taste but the color is really beautiful, and as you can see from the swirly colors you can never guess what kind of colors result you will get from the mix, same thing goes to the blush and eyeshadows. The color payoff is way lighter than it shows in the packages and since the gold is a dominant you will have alot of gold shimmer mixed with pink.
My rate: 4/10


Mineralize Blush: Ring of Saturn

Again this is the only blush i liked, there are other nice colors but i wanted to pick something different, the blush has only 2 color combos, but the color payoff is more of the lighter shade in the package. Still it is not too light, it is more suitable to be used as a “blush” than Star Wonder (Mineralize Skinfinish).
My rate: 6/10

I also got 5 eyeshadows from the collection which are:


Aurora:

This might be my most favored color in the eyeshadows that i have from the collection, the color mix gives a pearly light maron/brown shade, the colors are always lighter than what you will expect, they seem more darker in the package, and as you know they can also be used wet which will make the color more darker and that’s the way i prefer using it.
My rate: 8/10


Earthly:

I know that i already said that Aurora might be my most favored color but this one is also beautiful, the kind i like using all the time. You can hardly guess what kind of color you will get from the mix and this ones gives a taupe-y color which is my favorite color for eyeshadow. Always make sure to swirl the brush over all colors to get the right mix, but if you just kept the brush over one or two colors you might either have a very light or very dark color, depending on what shade you put your brush on.
My rate: 8/10


Universal Appeal:

First of all i would like to say that i like this name, it sounds bigger than an eyeshadow 😀 Again the color looks much more darker in the package! But it gives a beautiful goldy purple, the kind that you wont be afraid of using everyday. It reminds me a bit of Vex eyeshadow also from MAC, Vex might be a bit darker, i am doing my swatches at night under the natural room’s light which i hate.
My rate: 7/10


Neo Nebula:

I dont think i will ever remember this name, it sounds very hard on my tongue :-s Anyways, i hate this color mix, i have no idea why i bought it, i knew from the mix in the package what kind of result i would get because i already have a similar eyeshadow with an almost the same color result, and i was right when i swatched it, if i swatched it properly in store i dont think i would buy it. It is a very shimmery pearl pink, it looks really pretty under strong light but it might look a bit chalky and too shimmery on the eyes, i have to be careful how and when to use it.
My rate: 4/10


Sky:

I thought a million times whether to buy this color or leave it, i am not a blue nor green eyeshadow kind of person, and what i already have is hardly touched, i dont use them much but i do sometimes, and when i do i always regret, those two colors seem not to like me either! But this color mix is appealing to me, i dont think i will ever use it on my eyelids but i thought that maybe, again i say maybe, i will use it to underline my lower lash line. It was just a thought when i saw the color, will see about it!
My rate: 4/10


I also got 2 Cremesheen Glasses, i remember i promised myself last year not to buy more lipglosses because i already have much which i barely use, i was so addicted to lipglosses in my earlier years of makeup but then i stop liking them, they dont last as longer as lipsticks plus the sticky feeling isnt nice! I dont go over board now when i buy glosses, i only buy when i really do like them, and those two colors are really pretty, but the problem with Cremesheen Glasses that they dont last long, i have to keep on reapplying every hour which is annoying.
I got Meteoric which is a coral color with shimmer, and Strictly Plutonic which is a very gorgeous pink brown color.
My rate on both colors: 5/10 (even though i like the colors but i rate low because they dont last long).


And i got one lipstick which i wanted for so long that was already launched in a previous collection, that is Cut A Caper, which is a pink coral that has lustre finish which i dont like because i will hardly have a color unless i apply it like a million coats but i still wanted it. The color isnt new nor unique.
My rate: 5/10

Sleek Makeup Blush by 3

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Blush by 3 is a blush palette that has 3 shades of blush, Sleek Makeup is well known of its really pigmented blushes, they are amazing, and just a tiny amount will be enough. The Blush by 3 palettes come in 5 different palette: Pink Sprint, Pumpkin, Lace, Flame, or Sugar.