After years of trials and errors in the quest to find my perfect foundation shade match, I found myself equipped once more with enough confidence to broaden my horizons by trying out a different brand. What better than to turn to an industry standard? Hello, MAC Studio Waterweight SPF30 Foundation in NC20 (PHP 2,200 / USD 36).
Quick Specs: 30 ml / 1.0 fl oz ; made in Belgium
I’ve always been excited by each new Viva Glam release from MAC. It’s a great
excuse reason to add to my lippie collection while also doing a good deed. But at the same time, I still want to pick out lipsticks that I know would be a flattering choice. From reading the reviews, seeing the swatches, and taking into consideration how flattering fuchsia lipsticks are, I instantly knew that
I just had to have the MAC Viva Glam Taraji P Henson Matte Lipstick (USD 17.50 / PHP 1,050).
MAC Viva Glam Taraji P Henson
Quick Specs: 3 g / 0.10 US oz ; made in Canada
It seems as though my mood as of late leans toward the review of beauty tools rather than makeup. Seems fitting, because I have been using several makeup applicators that I consider to be game-changers. As in, love at first swipe, and they haven’t left my rotation of daily tools ever since their discovery. One of the first rave-worthy tools that I ever invested in, even before the purchase of a limited edition brush set, is the MAC 217 Blending Brush (PHP 1,600 ; USD 25). And I’ll tell you why it has now become one of my absolute favorites.
MAC 217 Blending Brush
Quick Specs: 17 cm ; made in Japan
Out of all makeup things, it seems like I’ve held out on investing in beauty tools the longest. It primarily has to do with budget and a laziness when it comes to maintaining brushes and sponges. But when I started receiving brushes as gifts (and started buying a few here and there), I was able to get used to clean-ups and decided that it was time to start investing in some premium picks. So I recently splurged on MAC Nutcracker Sweet Mineralize Brush Kit (USD 52.50)
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Mineralize Brush Kit
Quick Specs: made in China
Do you get swept up by trends? I get swept up by the “season”. (In quotation marks, because the where I’m from isn’t exactly a seasonal place. But I digress…) If I see all those gorgeous seasonal shades, I start obsessing. And even before fall officially started, I was already into the idea of the ultimate vampy lip that I have always been a little self-conscious of. Its the color that will push me to my limits, short of going all-out black. My Pick for 2016: MAC Instigator (PHP 1,000; USD 17).
MAC Lipstick Instigator
Quick Specs: 3 g / 0.1 US oz ; made in Canada