Friday, April 1, 2011

MAC Studio Fix C30, MAC Speak Louder lipstick and Few More Hauls...

  Hello everyone, gosh! it's been like another century since I last posted. And it's already April! It's just that so many things are happening to me that i sometimes feel zapped of energy to even blog or talk. Most of the stuffs i bought are still unused and they just keep piling up. Will have to do something about that soon..hehe:-)

I arrived here in Manila 2 weeks ago. And for awhile jetlag hit me which is always a bummer. Also this coming April 22-May 1, my family and I are leaving again. This time we're going to Sydney, Australia to spend Holy Week there. Whew! So tiring! I just hope i'll be able to control my shopping urge again. 

MAC Studio Fix C30

 So the product I'm gonna be posting now is a popular one...MAC Studio Fix. I remember loving and being crazy about this way back in college. It gave me that faux flawless complexion look. I remember bugging my mom to buy me this and all she'd say is that I don't need to put too much makeup on. But of course, my stubborn streak always prevails. Hehe! :-)

Through the years, the packaging still hasn't changed
It's still the same old, black and dependable casing
Simple and nothing fancy

The powder is smooth but it's not as velvety as other high end brands like Lancome or Chanel.

It comes with a soft white sponge that blends the powder well with the skin

I chose C30 as its the closest to my face tone

Blend...blend..blah..blah.. :-p

This is excellent for covering minor blemishes and uneven colors. It has the right amount of thickness to provide a natural coverage that doesn't look as if i'm wearing a mask. One or two sweeps are enough to give me that soft and even look. But since i have oily skin, i notice that after awhile i would see my T-zone getting shiny again so i just use my  trusty T. LeClerc Banane Powder to keep the oiliness at bay.

I just use this on casual days when i feel like it and when i need a decent powder foundation to give me that instant flawless look. I never use it continuously coz' i noticed that it has a tendency to clog my pores. But i have a lot of friends who religiously use this without getting any bumps or zits. So it really depends on your skin type.

Overall, i like this product. But i'm not as ga-ga about this as i used to. Gone are the days when i was still clueless about makeup and deem this as the ultimate powder foundation of all time. After trying other brands (the more expensive ones), i realized there are better ones that actually work well with my skin.Though in my opinion this is not the best, it is still up there amongst powder foundations that really works.

                                                     MAC Speak Louder Lipstick

I was attracted to this bright pink color from the whole bunch of MAC lippies on the counter. I guess i'm really a sucker for loud colors! So instead of buying Creme d' Nude, i changed my mind again and opted for another vibrant shade.I'm beginning to see a pattern in my lipstick selection, they all look like happy colors! Hehe... The color is bold but not over the top. Just right.

The name itself speaks for the color alone...

The cremesheen formula is perfect if you hate the too drying variety (matte). It has blue fuschia undertones yet some people describe this as pink/red. I dunno but on my lips i could see more blue so i guess it also depends on your skin color. It suits most fair/cool toned skin. Even if it's quite sheer, it is very pigmented so it evens your lip tone in a breeze. It applies smoothly, no streaks or clumping there. Lasting power is also quite good.

The color somewhat reminded me of MAC Lustering except that this is brighter and has a tad more sheen to it. Whereas, Lustering  looks a bit redder on my lips.

This is what it looks like on my lips. I didn't add any lipgloss or whatsoever. It instantly brightens the face! Even with minimal makeup you will still stand out with this shade. It looks fun, girly and playful. Very wearable! I normally just wear this with taupe eyeshadow and a little blush.Great for everyday look when a bright lipstick is all you need to perk your day. I think this would be a nice color to use for summer or spring.

                                      AND A FEW HAULS...

So here's a few more hauls that i got. I bought these stuffs at our stopover in Taipei. I still had a few dollars left so i decided to bust it at Duty Free there. I was so happy to see so many brands that i like! I ended up buying a few stuffs that i really want and i'll make a review about them soon. I finally got the Chanel JC Rose Petale blush that i've been lemming for sooo long, 2 Nars lipstick in Love Devotion and Jungle Red, and Nars duo eyeshadow in Jolie Poupee. Weee!

I bought these like 3 days before leaving LA. I got the snake ring from Cabazon outlet, the owl ring at Charlotte Russe. I forgot where i bought the owl pendant. Geez! what's up with me and these owls? haha! I also got 2 nail polish. One from NYX-Lingerie and Opi-Paint my toes-moji red. I intend to use these nail polish for my feet as i still don't feel like using them on my fingers. Hmm...maybe in the near future:-)

I got all of these at a Korean mart at Cypress area also in LA. I was happy to see The Face Shop inside the grocery. So while my aunts were busy buying vegetables and stuffs i was happily lurking at the makeup corner and i bought all these. The Shiseido oil makeup remover i got at the toiletries aisle. I still haven't tried em' yet coz' i still don't know where to begin with all my previous hauls. 

So that's all folks! so many products to review and so little time. If you're interested in something just do let me know which one you would like me to try first hehe. Thanks for visiting me again and expect to see more in the future. For now, i badly need to be in shopping rehab! It's just that i can't help it sometimes...such guilty pleasures! Sigh..but i'm really gonna try working on that aspect. Love you all!:-)


CAMILLA said...

wow great hauls

by the way
where is Cypress?
im from philippines too
but never heard of Cypress..
is that a online store?
i love korean and japanese cosmetic..

Pammy said...

Welcome back, Minakichu! :D Such a nice haul. Oh, since you mentioned you're going to AU, cosmetics price there is crazy!!! The mark ups are unbelievable. Hope that'll help you fight the urge to haul. But then again, I'm pretty sure you'll haul like crazy! :D

Like you, I loved this powder foundation back then. I still like it though, it's just that I also realized that there are other powder foundations that work better for me. :)

Sara said...

Oh thats a great haul :) WOW. the lipstick looks really nice on you :)

Cindy Ellison said...

It's great to see you back, we missed you! I did love the "Speak Louder" color, your lips looked beautiful. Your photos are excellent! Thank you for sharing your latest shopping adventure! ♥

Hollie said...

Awesome haul! and the speak louder shades looks great on you.

Anna said...

You got so much amazing stuff, your lips are so beautiful, where's a full-face pic :D The lipstick colours are gorgeous, I have M.A.C lippies similar to those, it's somehow funny how identical some shades are at first sight, but differ in their finish!

fashion doctor said...

i use too studio fix.amazing lipsticks!xoxo,darling.

Michelle said...

LOOOOOVE the accessories you got!! Especially the snake ring! :)

Jenni said...

love your haul :D i like the owl accessory a lot!

Kim Axani said...

I LOVE MAC Studio Fix .. Been wearing N5 for years .. have tried other brands to but always come back to Mac for it.

Makeup and Mutts said...

Great photos, and Lustering is so pretty!

Karen said...

I really like Speak Louder on you! It already looks dewy and moisturizing without lipgloss.. I love lipsticks like that. I only have MAC's mineralize skinfinish powder but I think Studio Fix might give better converage, will consider :) Have fun in your travels & make me drool some more with your hauls hehe.

sugar sugar said...

love your hauls dear! everything looks so pretty! i can relate to your problem haha! i have been buying things and have been too lazy to get reviews up. >o<"

btw, welcome back!!!! ^__^

on kiehl's midnight recovery concentrate - i am inlove with it! <3 thank you for your awesome review. ;)

Anonymous said...

geeez! i think i am on the right track. i am in college and i am in the phase of mac studio fix. haha!

i only got to know about this brand because i attended a wedding years ago and the makeup artist used mac stuff. well, i already hit my pan. i am gonna vomit if ill use another one again.

hey, lustering shade looks pretty. not so red, not so pink, not so corally. i think its a perfect light berry shade :)


@Camilla-Cypress is a Korean area in LA, thanks for visiting:-)
@Pammy-hello dear Pammy, thanks for the tip regarding AU makeup and how costly they are, gives me a reason to hold on to my money tight. And yeah we both like to explore better deals and makeup at no cost hehe:-)
@Sarah-thanks sweetie, kisses:-)
@Cindy-hello Cindy, it feels so great to hear from you again too. Your comments always warms my heart:-)
@Hollie-yeah Speak Louder is definitely a statement lippie without going overboard:-)
@Anna-thanks for the compliment dear, i'll prolly have a fotd when i finally have the guts haha. I also agree that at first glance some shade looks similar:-)
@modniza-studio fix is good but the lipstick i love more:-)
@Michelle-haha i got the snake coz' it's my astrology sign so it is very fitting hehe:-)
@Jennifer-hoot..hoot..i've been getting lots of compliments with these owl accessory hehe:-)
@Kim-maybe that's your secret why you always look flawless Kim hehe i just can't be loyal to one brand:-)
@vintagemakeup-the lipstick is really pretty you should try it :-)
@Karen-haha my hauls are making me poorer by the minute, should REALLY STOP! and i agree it looks dewy even in real life that's why i love this:-)
@sugar-hello sweetie, i am very well aware that we both suffer the same fate of shopping/hauling and whatchamacallits haha, we should be on a rehab. Btw, i'm glad you are loving Kiehls midnight recovery coz' it's really great:-)
@Reina-you are definitely on the right track girl. Coverage is simply great. And i couldn't agree more with your perfect description of the lipstick..well said!:-)

Sell WoW Account said...

really love the speak louder<3 nice accessories btw;)

Diane said...

Wow Speak Louder looks amazing on your lips. I love owls and have a few owl jewelry pieces in my collection. Have you tried The Face Shop Nose Pack? I have tried it a few times, not sure I'm in love. Are you liking it?

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ellie said...

Love the lippy!

lucy and sarah said...

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Jenni said...

btw will you please do a look with the new nars duo e/s you got :)? would love to see it <3

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Sabine Gimm said...

Oh, I'd like to have "Speak Louder". It' a sensation!
The powder seams not so good. It looks like scales on the skin.
Have a nice weekend.
Greetings Sabine

Natalie said...

i love mac lipstick (:


@sellwowaccount-yeah its really nice:-)
@Diane-hello, i haven't tried the nose pack yet but it's next on my agenda..i think owls are cute and definitely statement pieces:-)
@anastsiya-hi dear, thanks for dropping by,i followed you back :-)
@Lucy and sarah-many thanks too:-)
@fashiontnt-thanks for visiting will visit you back later:-)
@rach-thanks for the sweet comment,will go check yours too:-)
@jennifer-hello girl, i'd def do a review of nars duo eyeshadow for you hehe:-)
@miki-hello dear, no problem.. will go visit your new website:-)
@sabine-haha i like your comment, very frank and real, i followed you back. The lipstick is awesome:-)
@natalie-i just love it, thanks for the comment:-)

TinnyMey said...

wow, beautiful lips ♥

Unknown said...

pretty shades!!!

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Unknown said...

Awesome haul!!! I love Cabazon and there's so much things to buy and so cheap too lol.

I've never tried the MAC Studio Fix powder, but I know its good because I have a friends that swears by it lol.

Have fun and be safe on your trip to Australia. I wonder if it's hot over there right now.

Jannie said...

Wow. The speak louder lipstick looks so gorgeous on you. :) Amazing haul too. :) As for the Studio Fix powder, I haven't used that in such a long time. I remember how it did an amazing job at evening the skintone. It's also great for controlling mid-day oiliness.

Enjoy your trip to Sydney. :) Traveling is so fun, but yeah, jetlag can be quite a bummer. Get some rest before your trip. That way you have the energy to have fun when you get to Sydney. Take care. :)

The Beauty-Addict said...

wow! grrreaaaaat haul! love those lippies! :D and OWL accessories! LOVE!!!!! <3

Eunice said...

Wow, your hauls are amazing! =) Btw, Ms. Minakichu, I gave you a blog award. Please check my post to view. Thanks! =)

From Broadway said...

the mac lipsticks are gorgeous shades!!!

Carrie said...

Austrailia?!!! WOW. that's amazing. i hope you had a great time!

I really like that speak louder lipstick! it looks great on you.


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gingerSnap said...

mega splurge Mina. luv the lipcolor!

Bitch said...

Hi there!
Haven't been here for such a long time..
Missed you!
Hugs from Greece

Anónimo de la piedra said...

...hola he venido a ver de nuevo tu estupendo blog...un fuerte abrazo...hasta pronto...

*~kAy~* said...

wow you've been busy shopping! :3
you know, I was happy to find the face shop in one of the markets here too! :P

Karima Illustration said...

I love mac products!!! I remind me that I need to buy a new powder... :)



Donna said...

I love the lipsticks, both colours are gorgeous. You have a wonderful blog by the way, I love it! I cannot wait to read more of your posts and will definitly check back for updates!! You've also incredibly beautiful lips and great skin(but you probably get that all of the time)!

All the best,

archi said...

such a beatiful shade and lips:) great review with nicely describing shoots.I like to read your blog:)thanks for posting:)

jardelle said...

i love so much the way you take your pictures

archi said...

kinda holy haul:D btw, owls are the symbol of fine arts and of course I love them too:)

Anonymous said...

I have been wanting to try MAC studio fix for awhile now! I am a new follower :)

Ivette said...

love mac!!! =D

Ivette said...

love mac!!! =D

Anonymous said...

I really liked the article, and the very cool blog

Unknown said...

GREAT blog! =D I'm so glad I found you! =D That's awesome your from the Phillipines - I have a lot of friends from there, but I've never actually been! I definitely want to check it out sometime! Mac is my favorite cosmetics company - their lipsticks are my favorite! they have the best colors! =D

I'm now following you via google - I'd love it if you could come check out my blog and maybe follow as well?

xoxo can't wait for more posts!

Anonymous said...

You are the bestest. That MAC powder has the best sponge EVER!!!!

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I buy most of my makeup from mac becuase it lasts for ages and is very dependable, great post x

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Dark Blue Stripes said...

I love MAC lipsticks. My favourite is Ruby Woo. Great buys.


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