Wednesday, May 30, 2012

MAC Hey Sailor Haul Photos and Swatches

My MAC Hey Sailor! Haul!

I was really excited about the launch of this collection.  I am in love with the colors and the nautical theme.  I am not usually extremely drawn to packaging but this collection got me from the start.  The navy stripes were entirely too cute and had me in the mood to go sailing the second I spotted them.

I most anticipated the eye shadow in Jaunty and the re-promote of the lipglass in Orange Tempera.  However, when I received my order, I fell in love with the two items I ordered that were completely out of my neutral comfort zone, Feeling Fresh eye shadow and Red Racer lipstick.

I will be doing another post on how I have been wearing this new collection soon!

Here is my haul!
Packaging! So cute!

Lipstick in Red Racer

Blush in Launch Away

With Flash

Without Flash



Feeling Fresh

Barefoot, Jaunty, Feeling Fresh

Red Racer Lipstick is even more beautiful than I imagined.  I have struggled to find reds that look good on my warm skin tone but this yellow based red is PERFECT!

Launch Away Blush was described as a true peach but I found it to be slightly more pink that I expected.  Still it is a gorgeous peachy pink that blended out beautifully.

Barefoot Eye Shadow is the perfect gold for summer.  It is more yellow than the other golds in my collection and is quickly becoming my new favorite.

Jaunty Eye Shadow is a light champagne color, while it goes on very light, it is the perfect color for a highlight or an all over light wash of color.

Feeling Fresh Eye Shadow is not quite a Kelly Green, as I read it was described.  It is bright and very fun to wear.  It is a little chalky and I had some crumble in the pan, but it is unlike any color in my collection and I look forward to wearing it throughout the summer.

Orange Tempera Lipglass (not shown) is a light peach.  Worn alone, it did not provide much color and almost washed me out, but paired with a  peach lipliner ( I used MAC's Summer Fruit) it was perfect.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

How Do You Change Your Makeup and Beauty Routine for Summer?

When summer comes, it seems we all wear a little less.  We exchange our boots for flip flops, our jeans for shorts and minis, and our sweaters for tank tops.  But how does the warmer weather change your makeup and beauty routine??

I wear sunblock all year round, so when summer comes I start self tanning my face a little more than usual.  I generally switch from a foundation to a tinted moisturizer with a light dusting of translucent powder.  My blush 
goes brighter and my eye shadow leans more towards shimmery golds and bronzes with bright pops of color.  My current favorite colors for eye shadows are teal, green, and orange.  I tend to stop wearing lipsticks, and I go for lip stains with balm or bright lip glosses.  I'm currently loving MAC's Impassioned (LE) Lipglass and Revlon's new Kissable Balm Stain in Valentine.   

 I love wearing my hair up any time of year, but when summer comes, I love rockin' a high pony tail, a high messy bun, and tousled beachy waves.  I use a dry shampoo at least every other day, because I love the texture I get with second day hair for my summer do's.

I like grey based polishes when it comes to my nails, but when summer comes around I turn up the volume with bright pinks, corals, and neon polishes.  I even wear blues and purples which I rarely choose throughout the year.  My favorite summer polish is Essie's Lapiz of Luxury, but I have fallen in love with so many more already this season!!

That's how I switch up my beauty routine for summer.  How do you switch up yours??


Saturday, May 26, 2012

MAC Casual Colour Collection Summer 2012 and Giveaway!

This collection is mainly dedicated to your lips and cheeks.  It features 8 lip and cheek cream pots, that are new products to the MAC line.  I have not seen the products yet, but I can assume they will be similar to Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge, at a slightly lower price point.  This collection is scheduled to be released June 7, 2012, and I am expecting these new products to be very popular.  

Here are the product list:

Casual Colour $20(USD)/ $24(CAD) – Lip & Cheek Pot in Cream finishes
  • Lazy Sunday – Baby pink
  • Weekend Getaway – Cool rose
  • Keep It Casual – Warm wine
  • Evening Stroll – Violet cream
  • Relaxation – Warm pink
  • Have A Lovely Day! – Neutral nude
  • Keep It Loose – Warm peach
  • Out for Fun – Cool coral

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural $29(USD)/ $34(CAD)
  • Medium – Soft creamy beige (repromote)

Prep + Prime Highlighter $23(USD)/ $27.50(CAD)
  • Bright Forecast – Mid-tone peachy coral
  • Light Boost – Soft yellow cream

187 Brush Duo fibre face brush $42(USD)/ $50.50(CAD) (repromote)

Nail Lacquer $16(USD)/ $19(CAD)
  • Style Tip – Soft pink nude (Cream) (repromote)
  • Please Me – Mid-tone warm pink (Cream) (repromote)
  • Fiestaware – Mid-tone orange coral (Cream)
  • Delicate – Pale sheer ballet pink (Cream)

I will be giving away 1 MAC Casual Colour Lip and Cheek Pot in the color of the winners choice!!  This is my first giveaway, so I am really excited!!!  Please read below for the official rules and to see how to enter!

 I apologize for not having swatches to show you.

Without seeing swatches, I already have my eye on Have a Lovely Day! and Out for Fun.  They are totally different from one another and I think they would look great on the lips and layer well under several of the blushes I already have in my collection.  The Prep & Prime Highlighters also seem like interesting items in this collection.  

To enter & read official rules… 

The approximate value of the grand prize is $20.00. This prize is non-transferable. There are no cash or other substitutes of prizes by winner. Kristen's Beauty Addiction reserves the right to substitute a similar prize of equal or greater value in the event the above prize is unavailable for any reason. Individual, parent, or legal guardian of the winner is solely responsible for all applicable federal, state and local taxes with respect to the grand prize. Prize will be mailed to the winner’s physical mailing address. Please allow two (2) to four (4) weeks for delivery.
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No purchase necessary to enter or win. This contest runs from May 27th, 2012 through June 5th, 2012 at 12:01AM EST.


This contest is open to  US residents only unless prohibited by their local state. Minors must have permission from a parent or a legal guardian, and by entering minors are stating they have said permission.  Prizes won by minors will be awarded to their parent or legal guardian on their behalf.  The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Eligible participants are allowed to enter up to one (1) time, as per the section below.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

MAC Heavenly Creature Collection Fall 2012

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MAC is scheduled to release another summer collection called Heavenly Creature on July 5 in the US.  No pictures of the collection have been released, but MAC has released this preliminary product information.

Here’s the collection:

MAC Lipstick – $14.50
Pleasureseeker – Creamy peach (Glaze) (Repromote)
Cut a Caper – Mid-tone peachy pink (Lustre) (Repromote)
Venus – Sheer yellow pink with pearlized pigments (Lustre)
Fire Sign – Red-pink (Lustre)
Cusp of Dawn – Beige pink (Lustre)

MAC Cremesheen Glass – $19.00
Celestial Kiss – Pale cool peach
Strictly Plutonic – Mid-tone pink brown
Meteoric – Mid-tone vibrant coral
Astral – Bright yellow pink
Galaxy Rose – Mid-tone violet pink

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish – $29.00
Earthshine – Tarnished bronze with gold pearlized pigments and pink reflects
Light Year – Peachy pink with gold shimmer
Star Wonder – Plumy pink with multi-dimensional pearlized pigments
Center of the Universe – Coral with gold shimmer

MAC Mineralize Blush – $23.00
Solar Ray – Peach and gold melange
Ring of Saturn – Terracotta and gold melange
Stratus – Amethyst and golden brown melange
Supernova – Magenta and burnt gold melange

MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow – $20.00
Aurora – Peach, green, and brown melange (Frost)
Magnetic Attraction – Orange, pink and gold melange (Frost)
Neo Nebula – Cream, warm amethyst and warm pink melange (Frost)
Universal Appeal – Gold, bronze and violet melange (Frost)
Invincible Light – Icy white, lavender and warm gold melange (Frost)
Earthly – Beige, peach and cool brown melange (Frost)
Water – Yellow, lime green and blue melange (Frost)
Bright Moon – Grey, silver and icy green melange (Frost)
Sky – Green gold, turquoise and cobalt melange (Frost)

MAC 187 Duo Fibre Face Brush – $42.00
MAC 188 Small Duo Fibre Face Brush – $34.00
MAC 286 Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush – $30.00 (Repromote)

MAC False Lashes Mascara – $19.00
False Black – Black (Repromote)

Mineralize Volcanic Ash Exfoliator – $28.00

Mineralize Charged Water Cleanser – $23.00

Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Gel – $37.00

Mineralize Charged Water Moisture Eye Cream – $35.00

I'm really excited about Cut a Caper and the MSF's.  What products are you most excited about seeing in this collection?

Update! Best pictures I could find so far. I love

Sally Hansen Swatch and Review in Mint Sorbet

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Mint Sorbet 340

2 coats applied of Mint Sorbet. 

When I saw this at Target, I had to have it. This is such a pretty color for Spring and Summer.  I have used other Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear polish before and I have always been satisfied with the product.  However, with this polish I had a different experience.  

This particular shade had a very thick formula and applied extremely streaky.  It was very opaque but I still needed to apply 2 coats due to the streaking.  Even after the 2nd coat, I could still see streaks.  

Despite the fact that it cost under $3.00, I can not recommend this product in this shade.   

Monday, May 14, 2012

New Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains

Thank you Revlon!!!

As I was on my way to Dillards to pick up some of Clinque's new chubby balm sticks, I decided to stop at rite aid and I'm so glad I did.  Tarte is known for it's LipSurgence line, and rightfully so because they are amazing but a bit pricey at $24 a piece.  Clinque released their version called Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm, priced at $16 a piece.  I thought I was getting a major deal on a similar product as I was headed to the Clinque counter, that was until I spotted these new babies from Revlon.

Revlon's Just bitten Kissable Balm Stains

These are available in 12 different shades and are twist up's, no sharpening required. I found these to be very creamy in application and they felt moisturizing on my lips.  I purchased the 3 shades I thought would be perfect for my skin tone and they are lovely but at only $8 and change I can go back to pick up some other shades and experiment with color!  So much fun for summer!!

After about an hour or so of wear, the glossly finish begins to wear away but the stain is left behind.  Reapplication is a breeze with these chubby sticks, but you could even just use your favorite gloss or balm if you did not want to add more color.

I highly recommend picking some of these up!  I have seen them in Rite-Aid, Walmart, and Target so far.

Swatch Colors Left to Right:  050 Precious, 001 Honey, 025 Sweetheart

These products were purchased by me and my opinions are always my own.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Tres Cheek!

I am a little behind with posting this but I did want to share my two favorites from the MAC Tres Cheek collection.  Everyone went crazy of Modern Mandarin but these two shades were better suited for my skin tone.  

Immortal Flower is a gorgeous light corally peach, while Lovecloud is a beautiful light true pink.  Both shades are powder blushes with a satin finish and appear light when applied to skin but the color is buildable.   

Immortal Flower (Satin)

Lovecloud (Satin)

 This picture was taken in natural lighting.  Immortal Flower (left), Lovecloud (right).

Immortal Flower is sold out on the MAC website, but both shades are still currently available on the Nordstrom's website.  As are all of the other shades from the Tres Cheek Collection.

Saturday, May 05, 2012

MAC Lips and Tips Collection!

These are my picks from the collection.

From top to bottom:  MAC Lipglass in Impassioned, Angel, Spice, and Spice Lipstick

MAC Lip Glass and Lipstick in Spice.

These colors are so beautiful! They all have MAC's signature vanilla scent, and even though they are totally different colors from each other they are all equally stunning.

Impassioned (Limited Edition) is the perfect pop of coral for summer.  While I do consider it to be a coral, it is red based.  I think it is the perfect combination of the two colors.  

Angel (Limited Edition) is a soft midtoned pink with some added sheen.  It looks very creamy on the lip, and is almost milky.  It is perfect for any time of year.  

Spice (Both are Limited Edition) is a neutral rose brown that looks stunning on the lips.  The swatch does not do the color justice.  

Spice is my all time favorite lip liner and I could not be happier that I know have it in a lipglass and lipstick.  I am eager to try Angel in the lipstick, and try a layered look.  I love all of these and I will be ordering back ups of each!

From left to right:  Spice lipstick, Spice Lipglass, Angel Lipglass, Impassioned Lipglass.

All of these products were purchased by me and my opinions are my own.