Here’s a new obsession:
Meet MAC Beauty Powder in Soft Flame and I’m here to say it’s gorgeous! I have two Beauty Powders already in Micro Pink and Natural Flare but I must say that Soft Flame blows both out of the water!
If you missed out on MAC’s Flashtronic Collection there happened to be a gorgeous little Mineralized Skinfinish in that color story that was entitled Northern Light and Soft Flame quite reminds me of it!
If you haven’t partaken of the Of Beauty Collection I’d say definately at the very least pick up Soft Flame.
Soft Flame is vibrant enough to use as a blush which can’t be said of the other colors in these powders. It’s a shimmering reddish copper with touches of gold that are beautiful on the skin. This can be used under your blush or over it but I prefer just using it on it’s own for a really perfect shimmer of color!
If you’re a medium to dark skintone this will really light your skin up! I’d say avoid it if your skin is a bit lighter as you may get a bit of a muddy look with it.
I’ve already done a review on MAC’s Beauty Powder so I’m not actually reviewing the powder here just the color so if you’d like the read a review about the powders click here.
I’m absolutely loving Soft Flame and I can’t believe I almost missed out on ordering this but when I fell in love with the 183 I ended up seeing this and promptly falling in love!
Get this before it’s gone it’s definately a keeper!
I got my order from the Lush NA Party yesterday! Click here to read details about the party!
The temptation of Snowcake solid perfume was strong so I did in fact order it and some other goodies. I normally avoid ordering from Lush NA like the plague but I couldn’t resist Snowcake!
I stupidly ordered this solid perfume without first trying the lot I had already purchased from Lush UK that I got about a month ago. I finally got around to testing these out and I have to say they aren’t as great as I had hoped.
Lush Perfumes have fantastic throw, linger, and staying power however Lush solid perfumes do not.
I used Potion so far and Fever and both are very strong smelling but they don’t do much when they are on my skin. I think these are great if you happen to already own some of the perfumes in liquid form. That way you can use these as touch ups through out the day however to use these as your perfume is a bit difficult as someone has to literally stick their nose in your neck to actually get a whiff some of what you are wearing.
If you’re purchasing these from Lush NA they come in a far better tin than the Lush UK solids. Lush UK has little screw tops that I find very annoying to unscrew. If you by chance you drop the tin or get a dent in the container it’ll basically leave you struggling to unscrew the top. Lush NA tops just pop off and on and make life much easier however they do leave a bit of a mess sometimes as when you’re popping on and off it sometimes gets a bit of the solid on the lid which causes the tin to have a waxy feel.
Speaking of waxy. That’s basically the texture of these. They are a waxy balm that’s difficult to spread around so it’s best to warm it between your fingertips prior to applying.
I can’t give these a complete bad review because these actually work for one of my best mates. It seems they really like his body chemistry because when he used one it was pretty strong but when I used one it basically got soaked up into my skin and I really had to try and even get a tiny sniff of the scent I was wearing.
I love these for touch-ups when I’m using my Lush perfumes but to use on their own it’s a no go for me!
I got a 7 of the 9 scents offered and I find the strongest smelling of the lot are Fever, Potion, and Honey I Washed the Kids. Champagne Snow Showers, Snowcake, Silky Underwear, and American Cream are the lightest with the least throw!
I will say you have to layer these on quite a bit. Take some and place it behind your ears, between your breasts, on your neck, behind your knees, and on all your pulse points. So yes with a little hard work you can have yourself smelling sweet somewhat plus if you happen to heat up during the day you’ll definately see more of a throw from these! However, I still can’t give them a raving review because I just don’t think the throw is good enough to get that excited about, believe you me it’s difficult not to run around and recommend Lush as I adore and love all things Lush but these failed me somehow.
The moral of the story is at $11.95 a tin I’d say skip ‘em and buy something else! Or if your body chemistry just happens to accept and like them…lucky you…grab tons! But test, test, test, test in store and don’t be a silly sausage like the Muse and just buy without first testing!
Not liking these?
I thought I’d treat you to images of my Super-Sized Lush Pud’s demise!
As tempting as it was to throw this entire thing into my tub I did my best to refrain and crack it up so I might enjoy the sweet scent of Snowcake over the course of a few baths instead of just one (plus I don’t think I have the nerve to throw in $27 worth of Bath Bomb and soak without feeling guilt)!
My Innocent Super-Sized Lush Pud Bath Bomb (It doesn’t realize what’s coming! *evil laugh*)
A brief tap from the upper part and the bottom begins cracking….Ouch! (I almost feel guilty)
A harder tape and it begins to crack! Time for my bath!
I should get at least 6 (more if I’m frugal with the pieces) or more nice long soaks with the bomb pieces!
Grab one of these while they are still around at your local Lush (they are sadly sold out online)!
You’ll also receive some Snowcake and Bob soap (Ewww I hate Bob) inside and a coupon for 15% off your next order online or in store (all Lush wrapped gifts include a coupon)!
As I was saying in an earlier post the evil lure of the MAC counter got to me and I made a quick pit stop while at Macy’s to browse around and see what was about.
Even though I’m a self proclaimed hater of cream eyeshadows the Metal X collection most definately caught my eye!
You may remember that I compared many of the glitter liners in this collection to past collections. You can click here for the original post about that. I’m here to say that the glitter liners are not at all awe aspiring and if you have liners from past collections you’re covered. If you’ve never purchased glitter liners from MAC your Muse mostly definately gives them a big “go buy” of approval however if you have them from other color stories these are reruns or at least I felt they were! Again, click here for the comparisons!
Now the shadows are most definately gorgeous. I was in lust with all of them! I swatched every one on my hand and was absolutely giddy with excitement at the gorgeous colors!
However, I didn’t buy nary a one.
I’ve heard absolute poor reviews about the shadows and how crummy the staying power is and I must say that I could be agreement without even testing these on my eyes. The shadows are super emollient so all the tales of slipping, sliding, and smudging off the eyes may very well be true with a shadow that’s so oily in texture.
The formula is quite interesting on these and I can see where all the woe stems from as obviously the problem is the texture.
Do I still want them? Hell yes! The colors are too pretty not to want them even for a cream hater like myself.
However, I may just stick to swapping for one before splurging hard on the entire lot. These need to be further tested on my eye area before I can make any rash decisions about them but from what I have seen so far the texture definately screams drama!
Tell me what your thoughts are!
I’m sure you have noticed that as of late I haven’t been my normal MAC self. I’m normally one for running to the counter to pick up the latest collection (in it’s entirety like the crazy cosmetic demon I am) as soon as it hits the shelf!
However, the last few collections, as tempting as they are, have not made their way into my cart. I promised myself that I’d not buy anything from the last few collections while I was busy with Christmas shopping for others. This normally doesn’t prevent me from throwing caution to the wind and just buying it anyway but I’ll be honest MAC has overwhelmed me lately. Collection upon collection upon collection is difficult to keep up with (and expensive as bloody hell)!
Up to now I haven’t purchased The Stylistics, Metal X, and Finery Collections. It’s not for not wanting them because I honestly want something from each of them however I really can’t justify the cost during the Holidays at the moment so I skipped (this isn’t to say after the Holidays I won’t be nabbing some goodies)!
Anyway…I did indeed throw caution to the wind this weekend and casually strolled around the MAC counter at Macy’s on 34th. You see I had convinced myself that the crowds were so very big that I’d never find anyone to actually help me so I could look but no way was I waiting for a MA to help me and on top of that, wait on the huge line that was reaching all the way across the floor to the Clinique counter. Sadly, my plan didn’t work as well as I wanted and one of my regular MAC MA’s was there to “save the day” and help me make two purchases, one of which I’ll be discussing with you in this post.
A few months ago (I think it’s months. It feels like months!) I had purchased two Beauty Powders from MAC Pro in Manhattan and had them ship them over (I was feeling particularly lazy and decided I didn’t want to walk over and do the purchasing myself! It also saved me from purchasing all six colors as I wasn’t there to actually try them!). You can click here to read my review on the powders I did get.
Anyway, soon after MAC counters got the Beauty Powders and I soon forgot about the collection and was not tempted at all to purchase the other powders in the color story and other items were higher up on my wish list.
On display with the Beauty Powders was the 183 and I fell deeply and completely in lust with this fantastic little brush (I also feel deeply in lust with another Beauty Powder in this collection which I’ll tell you about in another post). When I seen the brush it didn’t look too familiar and it turns out that’s because it’s only available with this collection and will be gone shortly so I highly suggest and recommend nabbing this $40 brush! I actually didn’t know this at the time and was furiously googling the MAC website on my blackberry trying to find out (as most times when you ask an MA they aren’t always 100% positive).
This brush totally makes buffing the beauty powders into your skin a snap! If you’re a mineral foundation user this will be a dream for application. I’ve been using this since I got it on Saturday for my Beauty Powders, for setting powder application on my face, for general blush application, and just for smoothing on whisper set powder under my eyes and it works an absolute treat!
183 is my absolute newest love! The bristles are soft on this with no shedding at all (did you expect anything less from a MAC brush?). The handle is small enough to grasp between your fingers for a nice hold while buffing and it’s just a perfect wonderful brush overall!
I wouldn’t call this a kabuki but maybe more of a glorified version of one. The bristles are more flat and not rounded as compared to a kabuki so it’s quite different!
This is really a keeper for me and well worth it’s $40 price tag!
Grab one before it disappears!
The Muse highly recommends the 183!