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MAC Pro-Long Wear Waterproof Foundation Review

Hi my loves! A few days ago, I received an email about the launch of the Mac Cosmetics Pro-long Wear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation and if that doesn’t intrigue you already then you probably won’t be interested in this post. I’ve said previously that I don’t wear foundation anymore, maybe the odd occasion when I’ll pull out my Makeup Forever HD Foundation but generally speaking, I wear BB cream. I wear BB cream because of its high SPF and also because I haven’t really found a foundation where I’m absolutely mad about. Like with everything, everyone has a preference and there are a few criteria that I look at when judging whether a foundation is good or not…

 

1. The colour match

2. The formula

3. The scent

4. The coverage

5. The staying power

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There was a slight confusion over this foundation because the email claims that the foundation lasted up to 16 hours but the website itself claims that the foundation stays up to 12 hours. I’ve also watched some youtube reviews where some beauty bloggers said that they read somewhere that the foundation even lasts up to 24 hours. That’s quite a claim to make especially for foundation because even the thickest foundation with the fullest coverage always seem to disappear around my nose and mouth area as the day goes on, and I know I’m not the only one with that problem. Now let me review this foundation based on the criteria mentioned above:

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1. The Colour Match

This foundation is available in 16 different shades. The great thing about Mac foundations is that you know your shade and pretty much everything in your shade will be the same colour. I used to be NC 20 but I’ve tanned slightly on the face so I decided to pick up the NC 25. It’s pretty much an exact match to my skin currently.

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2. The Formula

I expected this foundation to be quite thick and creamy but it’s actually not. It is creamier than their Fluid Fix foundation but still fluid enough that if you squeeze a blob on the back of your hand, it will slowly run down. In fact, I quite like this formula because it’s not too thick so that it cakes on your face but it also isn’t too runny that you have to layer it up to get a full coverage.

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3. The Scent 

I’ve always had a problem with the scent of the foundations, which is why I hardly wear foundation. Makeup companies always claim that a foundation is fragrance-free but it always turns out that there’s plastic type of scent that comes with it. Surprisingly, this foundation is actually fragrance-free which I really like.

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4. The Coverage

The foundation claims to be sheer to medium coverage and it’s buildable. I find that the coverage depends on the method of application but it is definitely not sheer, I think it is more medium to full coverage. If you use a foundation brush, it is more likely to be a fuller coverage than if you used a beauty blender or your fingers. I personally prefer using a damp Beauty Blender or variations of a Beauty Blender (I just buy mine from Dischem and it works exactly the same as a Beauty Blender for a tenth of the price) because it gives off a more dewy finish than a matte finish. The foundation claims to give a velvety matte finish but I personally don’t think it’s matte, I would say it’s more of a satin finish and I’ve tried both the brush and beauty blender method of application. One thing I do like about this foundation is that although the coverage is quite full compared to what I’m used to, it doesn’t feel caked on my face or thick, which is always good!

5. The Staying Power

Firstly, I must say that I do have dry skin so I can’t speak for those who have oily skin and secondly, I’m very impressed with this foundation. At the time of writing this post, I’ve worn this foundation for about 10 hours already, looking at all the areas that my foundation usually wears off such as my nose and mouth area, it still looks pretty good! The foundation has not moved much at all and I’ve only applied one layer. I feel that it does tend to cling and accentuate the dry patches on my face, such as around my nose and mouth area. In this case, I normally spray quite a bit of my Mineralized Charged Water Spray or my Prep and Prime Fix+ over the dry areas and it fixes the problem.

The foundation does claim to be sweat and waterproof. I went to gym with the foundation on to try it out, I wanted to see if sweating did anything to the foundation. I was surprised that the foundation barely moved at all. I did notice that if I wiped my face with a sweat towel, some product did rub off onto the towel but not entirely. I think in the case where there is water or sweat, instead of wiping your face, it’s better to gently tap on your face, this way the foundation is less likely to rub off.

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Overall I think it’s a great foundation, I definitely recommend it if you have issues with the longevity of your foundation when applied. The price is pretty reasonable too, it currently retails for R380 at all Mac stores for 25ml. At first I thought that 25ml was quite little considering the price but to be honest, you don’t use much product in one application. In fact, I think it may last a good couple months. I’ll continue to use the foundation and provide you with some updates via Snapchat 🙂 Hope you enjoyed this post and it answered some questions!

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With love…xxx

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MAC Haul and Lippie Obsession

Hi everyone! I’ve been wanting to do this post yesterday but the lighting was so poor because the weather was a bit gloomy here in Jozi yesterday. So instead of taking photos and putting this up, I took yesterday off. I won’t be blogging tomorrow because I’m getting admitted at the Pretoria High Court! Eeeeeek! I’m so nervous because I’ve had some troubles with the cession of my articles etc. I’ll be keeping you updated on Snapchat 🙂 So follow me.

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If you follow me on social media, I’m sure you’ve noticed a lippie craze because I hardly wear lipstick and lipgloss now because I’m so forgetful and sometimes just lazy to maintain it. Call it the Kylie Jenner lip craze or whatever you want, I discovered my (recent) favourite shade when I went to MAC over the weekend to swap my back-to-MAC containers for a lipstick. Plus I couldn’t resist and bought 3 lipliners to satisfy the nude but not so nude lip craze. I also picked up the Charged Water Skin Hydrating Mist by MAC. It’s similar to the Fix+ except it is more moisturising and has extra vitamins and minerals to help dry skin. It’s a little bit more expensive (R300 as opposed to the R235) than the Fix+ but I think if it really does what it says then it’s well worth it, considering that Winter is here (that goes out to all your GOT fans :)) It may look like it has gold specks in the mist but it’s actually just the bottle.

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So I bought 3 lip pencils in Soar (it’s highly raved about on Youtube), Whirl and Absolutely It. They’re all similar but quite different, it depends how you wear it and I feel that it all goes well with the Satin Lipstick in Amorous.

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Excuse my dry patches of skin, I’m still trying to fix that. I’m wearing the Absolutely It liner with the Amorous lipstick in the photo above. The colour looks a lot more pink than it actually is in real life. In a different lighting, here is what the lipstick looks like in the second photo above.

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In the above photo I’m wearing Whirl with the Amorous lipstick. As you can see, the Whirl is slightly darker and has a slight purple tinge to it.

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In the above photo I’m wearing Soar with the Amorous lipstick, the Soar is more nude and has a slight pink tinge to it.

I also wanted to purchase Cyberwald which is a dark purple lipliner by MAC but they didn’t have it in stock at the time. Let me know which is your favourite? I feel like the lip colours look a lot more pink in the photos when in fact it is a bit more nude, must be the lighting. Hope you enjoyed this post!

With love…xxx

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Lookbook: Oversized Autumn

Happy Monday errbody! 🙂 Hope you all had a great weekend! I know I’ve been so slack when it comes to lookbook posts recently, I go through these awkward phases like I don’t know how to pose and I don’t know where to look or how to do my hair. The list is endless and the worst part is having to warm up to the camera again. If you follow me on Snapchat (if you don’t, follow me now) you’ll know that E and I went to the Oyster, Wine and Food festival this weekend at Monte Casino. I was a little disappointed overall with the oysters because they weren’t quite as juicy and big as I thought it would be and plus I’m pretty sure it was shacked quite some time before they were served so it didn’t seem so fresh. Overall, it was a good experience, there was a live band called “Don’t Poke The Bear” who played covers, mash-ups and also their own songs. The funniest part was that E almost had heatstroke because it was literally 30 degrees out there and we were sitting in the sun the whole time. 🙂

Sunday was a lot more chilled for us, we ran some errands and decided to do a quick lookbook shoot. I’m loving the oversized jerseys lately especially paired with a pair skinnies or leggings. In this case, I chose my leather leggings that I got from Zara some time ago. Even though I still feel that it is way too hot to be winter right now, I have desperate desires to layer up my winter gear (I may just regret it when it starts to get cold for reals).

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What I’m wearing: 

Oversized pullover by Country Road

Leather leggings by Zara

Pumps by Melissa’s

Sunnies by Vivienne Westwood

Bag by Michael Kors

With love…xxx