New Makeup Pretties: Liner, Lipstick, Shadow, and Highlight

I have been so terribly absent this summer it’s crazy!  Along with my normally busy social calendar, I’ve been really taking full advantage this season and enjoying it to the max.  It’s the first summer in a while in which I haven’t had a baby shower/bridal shower/bachelorette/wedding every second weekend, so the ‘downtime’ is much appreciated!  You may think that because I have a new (and fabulous…just throwin’ it out there ;)) beau that he’s taking up all of my time, but truth be told – he works in Newfoundland and is only home every second weekend, so I can’t even use that as an excuse!  In actual fact, I’m just having a great summer all around.  I hope everyone else is as well!

On the beauty front, nothing TOO exciting has been going on – I’m still trying to keep my purchases of new color cosmetics to a minimum (still only have one face, last time I checked), but fall is kind of my fave season so I haven’t been completely well-behaved:

Summer Purchases (2)Clockwise from left: MAC Pressed Pigment in Damson, MAC Lipstick in Hug Me, Laura Mercier Illluminator in Spellbound, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Cobalt

I mentioned in my wish list post that I had picked up the MAC Pressed Pigment in Damson – here is it in it’s (partial) glory (it’s MUCH more awesome IRL), along with Laura Mercier’s Illuminator in Spellbound, a MAC lipstick in Hug Me, and Stila’s newest liquid liner shade in Cobalt.  Every single purchase here is all sorts of awesome in it’s own way!

I feel like I’ve already gone on about MAC Damson ($25CAD), and I want to give it a full review, so for now just trust: it’s awesome.  Just LOOK at it:

MAC Damson Pressed Pigment

I really needed a good MLBB lip color as I didn’t have anything and essentially just used lip balm when I was trying to go for that look (which is probably all that IS really needed, but…meh).  After trying on a TON at the MAC counter last time I was there, the SA pulled out Hug Me ($18CAD), which was a perfect match.  My lips tend to be of medium pigmentation and lean sort of grayish when I’m bare-lipped, so this was a great choice.  It’s a Lustre formula which isn’t my favorite, but it feels good going on, is only semi-opaque so it looks quite natural, and lasts a few hours so I’m happy.

MAC Hug Me

The Stila eyeliner ($26CAD) is absolutely AMAZING.  A thick line of this with a lil flick at the end, a bit o’ blush and balm, and I’m ready to rock n roll.  I find this far easier and somehow more subtle to wear than a bright aqua liner (of which I seem to have several for some reason) and it looks particularly striking with my dark brown eye color.  This is my first Stila liquid liner – they are so darn tenacious and great, but I resisted buying one until now because they’re a smaller size than most other brands with similar offerings, but they costs about the same.  This unique color totally justified giving in finally.

Stila Cobalt Liquid Eyeliner swatch

Laura Mercier’s newest illuminator, Spellbound ($55CAD), hit the ground running, similarly to last year’s Rose Rendezvous, which I missed out on.  I was determined not to make that mistake again, so I ordered this rose-gold highlighter online sight-unseen.  It’s likely if I had waited until seeing it in-store that I would have purchased it – it’s quite nice but not mind-blowing to me – but I’m still pleased to have it, and it doesn’t replicate anything else I own.  And the design is just too pretty to pass up eh?  Further review to come.

Laura Mercier Spellbound Illuminator (2)

Soo…yeah.  I’ve definitely been up to a few of my old trick in the past month or so, but at least my purchases are varied and I feel like they augment my collection rather than just adding to the pile.  I’ve been keen to do another purge lately so I think that filtering out some items that don’t get much love to add others that will just makes sense.  All the products that are on my wishlist follow this mentality as well.  As long as I don’t feel guilt about my purchases then all is well and fine by me!

What kinds of makeup have you been picking up lately?  Are you paring down or ramping up for fall?

Summer Purchases

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  1. #1 by Larie on August 17, 2013 - 8:06 pm

    I picked up more things than I should have, recently, lol. And while I’m desperately clinging on to summer this year, I am slowly starting to get excited about fall and fall makeup. BUT IT’S STILL SUMMERRRRRRR.

  2. #2 by BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on August 18, 2013 - 12:05 am

    PRETTIES!! That eyeliner-LOVE. And Hug Me is a great MAC lip shade I think everyone should own! In fact, I need a new one!
    I’m getting antsy for fall! I am tired of summer already! BRING IT.

  3. #3 by satine89 on August 18, 2013 - 3:44 am

    Loooove!!! On my blog is soon coming a huuuge makeup haul, actually…:P

  4. #4 by Liz (@Reductionista) on August 19, 2013 - 8:34 pm

    You always sound so reasonable about your pick-ups. Love it all, esp. the blue liner! Thought about the LM illuminator but I have enough of those types of things. I like fall for makeup because dramatic colours seem more forgivable and the cooler weather allows for just better makeup wear.

  5. #5 by Sarah on August 21, 2013 - 4:44 pm

    I really wish I could apply eyeliner properly – I saw the Stila shade and fell in LOVE. Unfortunately I would not be able to do it justice. Love Spellbound, too.

  6. #6 by Denise on August 22, 2013 - 2:47 am

    LOVE Damson!!! I didn’t end up reviewing the new Pressed Pigments but Damson and Black Grape are two of my faves from that release. :) Gonna be perfect for fall, and in answer to your question, I definitely RAMP UP for fall, lol!

    I can’t believe I’m gonna say this, but I think I’ve had my fill of highlighters… FOR NOW… But that Laura Mercier one is really pretty!

    I’ve never tried Stila’s liners, but I’ve heard good things about them. Plus, I think a good aqua liquid liner is hard to come by, and that one looks really nice!

    Hug Me is a great MLBB shade, for sure. Probably one of MAC’s most popular lipsticks! I haven’t been buying a huge variety of make-up recently, more nail polishes. I did pick up some MAC stuff, the products from the Indulge collection (which is out tomorrow!) plus a couple lipsticks (Sin and Yash). :)

  7. #7 by Maggie (@MaggiesMakeup) on August 25, 2013 - 2:04 pm

    I was coveting the LM something fierce – until I had a chance to swatch it in-store. It’s pretty, but not nearly as finely-milled as I would have expected and at this point I have so many highlighters that I can’t justify one that doesn’t leave my jaw on the floor.

    Wait. Did I just write that?

    I think you and Liz are rubbing off on me, lol!

  8. #8 by Amy on August 26, 2013 - 2:46 am

    I want the LM just because it’s so beautiful in the pan, but I so rarely wear highlighter that I couldn’t justify it. Hug Me was my very first MAC lipstick, way back in high school. I remember feeling it was too nude, but I was too shy to ask to try other shades. Oh, how times have changed! I wonder how I would like it now…and that eyeliner! Is super gorgeous!

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