If you see me wandering the aisles of Sephora or Mecca, I usually almost always have some form of glitter stuck on me.
I just can’t help swatching glittery and sparkly products. Highlighters in particular catch the corner of my eye with their wonderful glisten and before you know it, my finger has gently swiped the powder and I stare, mouth agape.
Today I bring to you my number #1 Fav highlighting product of all time, and it makes my MAC’s fav list at number 3. Here’s the previous #1 and #2 favs.
“A luxurious, slow-baked, velvety soft, domed face powder with a radiant finish. Strategically buff on to add highlights to the high points of the face, or blend all over for a sheer luminous polish to the skin. Features our M·A·C Multi-Mineral Complex and vitamin E.“
Yes yes yes!
With 5 other brilliant shades, MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish will have you covered no matter your skin tone.
This champagne powder reflects gold and silver dust pigments to pack some serious shine punch. It’s no wonder it’s one of their bestselling face powders. It essentially is the best neutral highlight available. Not leaning too gold, silver or pink, I think it makes for a great highlight for all.
I only own three different highlighters and this my friends is the one I reach for every time. Whether it be a natural or glam look, it always fits perfectly.
If I could, I’d buy them all. But my inner grown up tells me highlighters are often products that you never can reach pan on. So I shouldn’t buy more.
Convince me otherwise guys, please.
I wonder have you tried this amazing highlight for yourself?
I have a very soft spot for MAC products. They were my first ever high end purchase as a budding makeup lover years ago. My first purchase? The wonderful Studio Fix Fluid for none other than that completely flawless, matte base I was after.
I cringe slightly knowing that my skin was actually pretty good back then and yet I was hunting for a full coverage foundation to just blank out my face. Only makeup lovers will understand.
Matte foundations are just, sometimes a necessity. We might be suffering with misbehaving skin and it gives us the confidence to go out everyday. For me it was like painting a canvas. The beginning of the art I wanted to create on my face.
So there I was excitedly standing at a MAC counter in Sydney’s CBD, gift card in hand from a generous friend and ready to spend my birthday money. $50AUD on a foundation was crazy sounding to me but all the same I thought if I was spending so much it had to be good right?
This is a very thick, buildable foundation. If you’re not into makeup on the heavier side then steer clear. You don’t need a whole lot to go a long way either. Apply one thin layer and see how you feel, add another if you feel you’re needing the extra coverage.
From memory I needed to thin layers to get full coverage. I.e no redness peeking through corners of my nose.
MAC has a solid range of about 50 shades so finding your match shouldn’t be too difficult. I for one was sold an NC15 which can tend to look a little too yellow on me (either that or I’m too heavy handed with my application). It just never looked correct. However over the years the shade range has been extended to include fairer and deeper tones. I haven’t been matched since the stone ages.
NC and NW Whaat?
This can be a little confusing. But let me break it down. The codes MAC use for their shades are;
NC = Neutral Cool – for warm toned skin
NW = Neutral Warm – for cool toned skin
No I didn’t make a mistake with those descriptions. It’s actually better to think of the whole NC and NW thing as;
NC = Not Cool
NW = Not Warm
Basically pick the one you’re not, either not cool toned or not warm toned.
After all these years I believe I am actually NW and a lighter shade. Alas I haven’t been back to be matched and only have this old bottle of Fluid in the wrong shade.
Recommendation and why I love it
Gives you unbelievably, flawless skin
Looks better as the day goes on
Has a lasting power like no other
I’d recommend this classic. It’s truly one of the most popular bestsellers of MAC’s foundations for a reason and one that’s been around for years.
Have you tried this foundation and what are your thoughts?
I do hope you follow on to see more of my MAC favourites in this series.
I have to be entirely honest, at this very moment in time, I just don’t have the money to purchase all the fantastic new skincare and cosmetics on the market.
I’ve been in and out of blogging and Instagram for a while and pretty much disappeared off YouTube, but that’s a whole other story for another time.
Instagram and WordPress remains for now, the platforms I wish to promote, review and advise on. Thing is I don’t have a small fortune to solely dedicate on new products every week as much as I’d love to. With my ever increasing love for skincare, trust I’d rather be out everyday shopping for new researched products and helping you guys out the same. However, I am living vicariously through the wonderful community of unique individuals I follow online who provide awesome content.
♫ Bills Bills Bills ♫
That song by Destiny’s Child is playing in my mind. When you’re my age, married with a house/mortgage and everything in between to keep a household running, there’s not a lot left to spend on hobbies.
When I started promoting myself online, I had quite a lot I wanted to share and I did so. Heck, I think I have an entire drawer filled with things I could possibly review now that I have’t but it’s not new and it’s not fresh or relevant.
Then I started to get bogged down, all the effort with very little evidence of reaching an audience. At the risk of making this sound like a rant I want to be clear that it’s difficult to ‘break’ into anything these days. Unless of course someone with an incredible amount of followers on YouTube/IG/Snapchat gives you a shout out, or you’re miraculously discovered online by your unbelievable talent (Justin Beiber style). Odds are pretty slim.
Motivation – Why I’m Continuing & You Should Too
I’m not in this for fame. I’m in this for helping others out.
I’m not going to force myself to create content and neither should you. The pressure to produce content leads to burn out. When our audiences demand a schedule of 40 min vlogs and descriptive, heavily picture laden blogs every day of the week in can get a little stressful.
We’re all just trying to keep our heads above the water. We should keep doing what makes us happy without running the risk of going broke. If this truly makes us happy then we should keep going, once you start hating it, then it’s time to close that door and wait for the next door of opportunity to open.
So I hope this reaches someone and gives you the motivation to keep doing what you love 🙂
Altruism defined, “when we act to promote someone else’s welfare, even sometimes at a risk or cost to ourselves”.
What a great name for a sunscreen. Read on to find out why it makes sense.
I’m very happy to share with you this sunscreen by Altruist Dermatologist Sunscreen created by Dr Andrew Birnie, Consultant Dermatologist and skin cancer surgeon in the UK. Recommended to me by Dr Dray, or Andrea an American Dermatologist I follow religiously on the Tube. I purchased this on Amazon AU for AUD$40.57 ($20.28 each) price approximate for 2×100 mL tubes of SPF 50 Sunscreen.
This UVA/UVB chemical sunscreen is;
🌞Hypo-allergenic – great for Rosacea and dry/sensitive skin
🌞Fragrance-free – great for everyone
🌞Paraben- free – if this is important to you
I recently asked my husband if he’d like to apply some sunscreen the other day whilst we worked on some home renovations in the sun. And like a majority of people he replied and shook his head and said it’s oily and uncomfortable to wear.
So for anyone who thinks sunscreen isn’t important this product;
🌞Is not sticky
🌞Has no residue
This goes on fairly white but dries down very well making its formulation perfect for ALL skin types. It gives a definite glow but I like that dewy look. Looks healthy to me anyway.
Another worthy reason of praise is Altruist donates money from sales to charities supporting children with Albinism particularly in African countries where people with Albinism are faced with health and sociocultural risks that endanger their lives.