PRODUCT REVIEW: Mac Mineralize Skin Finish (duo)

Have you ever had a product that just so blew you away, you were literally jumping up and down like a school girl? Well, that rarely happens to me. Well, not lately anyways. Because after years of working with cosmetics, it’s fun, i love it, I heart it, but makeup is makeup. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

But every now and then, you use something that just makes you squeal like a little girl. OKAY, I admit it. I did. I actually did.

And it breaks my heart to think that while I was in New York, this little gem was waiting for me in Los Angeles. All that time…. I could have been…. sniffle.. no I won’t go there….

I present:

Mac’s Mineralize Skinfinish Duo

Oh lord, it so had me at hello. Yes, it’s been out forever, and yes it’s a shimmer powder. No my dears, this is more than just a shimmer powder. This is the magician of all shimmer powders. Did I just say I squealed? Yes. I sure did.

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The duo has a 1/2 shimmer gold/silver side and a 1/2 matte powder side. Brush matte side for a matte finish, brush the shimmer side for a intense shimmer glow, (as in tops of cheeks, etc) or buff across both for a softer version of shimmer heaven. It’s 3 products in one. And the shimmer? Angel’s sang, heaven’s parted.. it is a sight to behold that yes, even jaded me at 40+ (cough cough) felt like I was 16 all over again. This stuff makes skin sheen, look buffed and polished and just radiant.

Did i mention it’s 3 products for the price of one?

I was soooo wearing this at fashion week.

The Weekend Beauty Read

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Emo Hairstyles are all the rage and totally cool – StyleBell asks: Do you have scene hair?
Face Candy checks out MAC’s new Beauty Powder Blushes.

The Makeup Divas reviews 2 eye shadows from a new cosmetic line calledMellies Makeup.

15 Minute Beauty Fanatic tries out Elizabeth Arden’s new Intervene Foundation and loves the results!

Makeup Moxie reviews Calvin Klein Tempting Glance Intense Eyeshadow

The Muse shares her current beauty addictions and asks what are some of yours?

A Touch of Blusher will be buying the latest fragrance from Stella McCartney.

Mischo Beauty shares why she lovesWella Salon Professional Power Mask.

The Beauty of Life falls down the rabbit hole for the Alice in Wonderland nail lacquers from Goldie!

Beauty Blogging Junkie kicks off Wash Me Amadeus Week with Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash.

Beauty and Fashion Tech reviews Philosphy A Pigment of Your Imagination, a suncreen and melasma treatment in one.

Temptalia tells you whether the Zeno Acne Clearing Treatment Device is worth it!

SugarShock is having a Hair Plump Showdown: it’s T3 360 Plump versus Fekkai All-Day Hair Plump. Find out who comes out on top!

Beauty Anonymous shares her experience with DHC in the US.

The Beauty Blog Network welcomes newest member Mischo Beauty to the network.

Elke starts her 5 part series on Eyebrow No-No’s and how to fix them.

Stylish Opinion ponders which manicure to get from Dashing Divas…….. the Spoiled Diva or the All Out Diva?

Beauty and Personal Grooming writes about the alternative uses of lip gloss.

Raging Rouge dives into the Spring 2008 Urban Decay collection, including reviews of Loose Pigment Eyeshadow and 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils!

Mystical Beauty’s Musings overhears a conversation about Bacon Perfume, and asks if you would wear it.

Beauty Banter goes behind the runway at L.A. Fashion Week to get the scoop on the beauty inspiration…

Glossypink tells you how to get Rachel McAdams’ ravishing look!

makeup loves me is having a giveaway with whole foods for some dr. hauschka products! hurry over to get yourself entered!

Looking for a liquid liner that’s easy to use and makes your eyes POP? Look no further…Spoiled Pretty has found it! Plus, enter our Chloe and Jane giveaway!

Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog shows you how to make your eyeshadow colors look bolder and brighter with MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl.

Are high-end brands better than drugstore brands? The Daily Cookie weighs in and compares two toners to find out.

Pursebuzz.com takes a trip to LA for LA’s fashion week. Gregory A., M.A.C senior artist gives her a chance to pick his brain. Find out what his top favorite tips are and more here.

Current Loves

I’m Not Julia Roberts by Laura Ruby. Blended families struggle in a suburban setting. The book is far less chick-lit and much more literary and sensitive than both the title and the cover suggest.
I stole this blog idea from fellow beauty blogger The Non-Blonde.
Check out her current favs….here’s mine.

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book
does Allure magazine count?
song
can’t think of a thing.

frequently worn outfit
7 Jeans with a cool beige/cream embroidery on the back pockets.

makeup item
the body shop concealer. gosh I’ve been needing this lately……

perfume
Marc Jacobs

food
macaroni and cheese

drink
spiced chai tea, warm

guilty pleasure
buying a ton of makeup and beauty stuff at the drugstore.

bane of my existence
getting 3 flat tires in one week. what the?

anticipation
a new spring makeup look. when?when?when?

wishlist
getting into this new apartment in NY…. okay, the picture above Isn’t it but I can dream…

PRODUCT REVIEW: MAC Moisturelush

I recently got from the fab MAC Cosmetics pr ladies, their latest in their skin care collection, MoistureLush. Now to be honest, I’ve actually never, (as in never ever) have used any of their skin care before.

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Their MoistureLush (great name isn’t it?) Cream gives a super hydrating treatment to the skin while giving the skin a silky feel. Upon application, I noticed that the cream goes on quite cold (at first thought it was because it’s a cold day outside? But no, this happens with every application) with my fine and sensitive skin, I was worried about. But no after effects, or skin reactions to the cold. This cream glides on and feels really great once on. And it leaves a somewhat primer like feel to the skin, but not as much. A very silky feel. I applied makeup over and it went on great. I also used this on a photo shoot (with no primer and foundation just glided on…. it also kept makeup on great throughout the shoot, no creasing or touch ups were needed hardly at all (and this was a 8 hour shoot, granted that the model had nearly impossibly perfect skin as well…) My pretty normal skin (it’s not too dry, it’s not oily but I do have to worry about possible breakouts with blackheads and whiteheads if I get something mineral oil heavy which my skin just does not like..) seemed to really like this. The only wish factor is the intense cold of it as you put it on. My skin (and me) just does not like cold.

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Next was the MoistureLush Eye Cream. Loved. Went right into the skin (and here a slight cold factor in the feel, but not nearly as much as the facial cream) and the best part was the next morning, I didn’t get any puffy eyes syndrome the next day… Skin looked great.

All in all, I’m really happy with this, but as much as I’d like to keep, this one is going in my pro makeup kit… it provided such a great surface for foundation that I’ll plan to keep using it in my photo shoots…

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