April flew by, I seriously can’t believe how fast this month has gone by. The MAC Baking Beauties collection arrives in our local MAC stores on the 9th of May so I can’t wait for the next few days to fly by as well *insert picture of dollar bills with wings here*.
Let’s jump right into my favourites for this month.
I tried to narrow the number of favourites down to 5, this wasn’t easy as there were other products I also enjoyed this month…but these are the best of the best. I have also included one ‘un-favourite’ for this month, and boy, have I NOT been enjoying this product!
First off we have a MAC eyeshadow in ‘Mineral Mode’.
This was my very first MAC eyeshadow I ever purchased! ‘Mineral Mode’ was part of the MAC Semi-Precious collection that came out in 2011. When I saw this eyeshadow it was definitely love at first sight and we have had a wonderful love affair ever since (sorry, Neelsie a.k.a hubby). I was intrigued by the marble-like-veining throughout the pan with shades of copper, off-white and grey. ‘Mineral Mode’ is a sheer (yet buildable) rose gold shade when swirled together with a makeup brush. I like to foil this eyeshadow every now and again when I feel like a more intense look – foiling is when you apply the eyeshadow wet (this creates a more vibrant and opaque shade). To foil, spray your brush with MAC Mineralized Charged Water (MAC Fix+ or normal water will also work), swirl it around on only one half of the pan (as adding moisture to eyeshadows usually changes the consistency of the shadow and can’t really be used for dry application anymore). Then pat the shadow on your peepers, I prefer patting to sweeping / blending as these can cause streaking.
Left: Dry Application; Right: Foiled Application
Favourite because I’m really into my coppery / cranberry shadows at the moment as it brings out the green in my eyes.
Next up we have MAC Lustre Drops in ‘Pink Rebel’. This product, however, is by no means pink. I’ve done some research on the web and it seems the ‘Pink Rebel’ version in the US is not the same as the one we have in South Africa. To me, it’s almost a lighter version of ‘Sun Rush’. It’s a champagne colour with a soft metallic shimmer, perfect for my NW20-NW25 skin tone. It is used as a highlighter mixed with your foundation or moisturiser for an all-over sheen. It can even be mixed with MAC Studio Fix foundation (or any matte finish foundation) if you want to add a subtle sheen.
Favourite because it gives me dewy healthy-looking skin.
Then we have an eos lip balm called ‘Honeysuckle Honeydew’ – what a delicious melon scent!
This specific one was also a first for me and within a couple of months I had accumulated the whole range of eos lip balms (including their ‘Alice In Wonderland’ limited edition set). I even got my sister-in-law hooked on the stuff (hello, Michelle!). These beauties are unfortunately not sold in South Africa, I purchase mine on eBay. These amazing balms are 95% organic, 100% natural, and paraben & petrolatum free. They are also packed with Vitamin E, shea butter and jojoba oil.
Favourite because it is all-natural and my lips moist, soft and smelling yummy.
Next up we have another great product – ‘Little Miracle Rosehip Serum’ by Balm Balm.
This stuff is amazing! Balm Balm only uses ingredients that are 100% organic and 100% natural and an added bonus is they don’t test on animals. This little bottle truly is a miracle product, it contains a blend of jojoba, rosehip and borage oils and is infused with rose, geranium, juniper, mandarin and frankincense essential oils. I only use three little droplets each night after I have cleansed my skin and it is absorbed immediately, leaving no oiliness. For lack of a better description, it makes my skin feel supple and comfortable. Especially with Winter around the corner, I can see myself reaching for this serum more often. Let me just explain, I am a beauty product hoarder and do not use the same product every single night or morning – I like to change it up, live on the edge! So for me to reach for this bottle every night, means it does its job very well.
Favourite because it is moisturising enough to be used alone but can also be used under your day- or night cream. It also smells amaaaazing! Balm Balm SA have special offers running quite frequently i.e. ‘Purchase 2 products and receive 1 face balm for free’ – who doesn’t enjoy a freebie every now and again?
Last but definitely not least is this pretty MAC blush in ‘Pinch O’ Peach’.
This has definitely been my most-used blush this month. ‘Pinch O’ Peach’ is a light, warm-toned dusty pink (there might be a tiiiiiny bit of peach in there, but mostly pink – hence it being called ‘PINCH O’ Peach *derp*). It’s a Sheertone blush (which means it’s not as opaque as some of MAC’s other blushes) with a matte finish. I have seen a lot of bloggers and beauty gurus on Youtube mention this as one of their holy grail blushes and I totally get why – it’s a flattering shade for most skin tones, it gives you a natural flush to your cheeks and blends super well (practically goof-proof).
Favourite because it gives me the flushed cheeks similar to those of Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty.
Now for my un-favourite of the month…
Blegh. I really don’t like these makeup remover wipes. I haven’t tried any other of the ‘Simple’ products and probably won’t, since my experience with these wipes have been so disappointing. It clearly states on the packaging that these wipes are suitable for sensitive skin. Lies! Lies! Lies! The first time I used a wipe, it felt like I was sanding the skin off my face. I know it sounds horrible, but these really left my skin feeling over-exfoliated, aggravated and red. Not only are the wipes abrasive, but they are also not moist at all. I use them now to remove swatches from my arm, it does an ok job of that.