Tag Archives: MAC Cosmetics

MAC Candy Yum-Yum Lipstick Swatches & Review

MAC-Candy-Yum-Yum-Swatches-ReviewIf you’re into makeup, chances are that you were highly anticipating the MAC By Request Collection, which features the winning former-bestselling-and-discontinued shades as voted on by the public.

One vote per person per day was allowed, and for nearly the entire duration of the poll, I voted for MAC Candy Yum-Yum Lipstick!

When this neon pink was originally released last year, I took too long deciding whether or not to get it, and then it sold out in the blink of an eye.

This time, I wasn’t playin’, girlfriend! I stayed up late and checked the MAC website the second it was released online (since this was an online-only release). Once I was able to, I quickly placed my order for 4 tubes in a frenzy – 2 for me and 2 for a friend. (My palms were sweaty. Yes, that’s when you know you’ve got it bad, Usher…when your palms sweat because of a coveted lipstick shade.) 😉

And, thank goodness I decided to be a crazy fanatic about it because in roughly just 12 hours of it going on sale, the limited-edition shade was sold out…again. And there doesn’t seem to be any plans by MAC to restock just yet.

So…I guess this blog post is quite the tease, but I had to share my excitement about finally getting to try out MAC Candy Yum-Yum!

And, yes, the neon-love train is still chugging along over here at Swatch And Learn. Choooo-chooooo! All aboardddd!

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The Best of 2011: Nail Polish, Nail Art, Makeup, Skincare & Fragrance

Swatch And Learn The Best of 2011It’s been quite a year, hasn’t it?

I’ve tried all sorts of new beauty products including nail polishes. And I’ve had tons of fun coming up with nail-art designs!

Now that it’s the last day in 2011, it’s time to reflect upon the year.

I’d like to share with you my Best of 2011 list! I still have a ton of favourites from last year, so these picks are strictly new ones that I’ve blogged about in 2011.

You’ll see it broken down into the following categories: nail polish (duh), nail art (double duh), fragrance, makeup, and skincare. All lists are in no particular order. (It was difficult enough to whittle down my picks for the nail polishes!)

Feel free to click on the links – they’ll take you to the blog post with the swatches, reviews, and tutorial (where appropriate).

Now I’m so curious about what you think!

Is there a lacquer that you feel I sorely missed including? Have you found your Holy Grail facial cleanser? What nail-art design have you worn in 2011 that you would consider wearing again in 2012?

Please weigh in with your picks! We’re all different, but our love for beauty products brings us together. 🙂 Continue reading


MAC All of My Purple Life Lipglass Swatches & Review

MAC All of My Purple Life Swatches & ReviewThe MAC Bloggers’ Obsessions Collection just came out on June 21st. Several beauty bloggers got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create the lip gloss of their dreams. (There are also some gorgeous eye shadows in the collection.)

While I wanted to buy all of the MAC Tinted Lipglasses, I stuck to my budget and only bought one.

The MAC All of My Purple Life Lipglass didn’t just speak to me – it screamed at the top of its lungs, “Get me because I’m different!” (Usually I don’t like getting yelled at, but from a MAC lip gloss, I can overlook it…hehe!)

This unique lip color was created by Afrobella, who I hadn’t heard of before this MAC collection dropped. Her goal was to come up with the perfect purple for all women of color.

This pigmented purple MAC lip gloss isn’t for the faint of heart. And I hesitated to buy it for that very reason. Normally I like wearing clear, pink, or beige-gold on my lips. And I rarely wear super-dark, bold lip colors. So the MAC All of My Purple Life Tinted Lipglass was a far departure from anything in my current stash. Continue reading


MAC 239 Review & Pictures

MAC 239 Review & Pictures Even though I’ve mentioned the MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush on Swatch And Learn before, it surprised me that I didn’t give it a separate review.

Yes, I use a lot of Sigma Makeup brushes (because they’re more affordable and work nicely), but this MAC makeup brush is still a staple in my morning routine because it does a job that’s different than the others.

Why? The size and shape are perfect for applying eye shadow precisely on the lid.

And I still haven’t found another brand that makes a dupe of this. Sure, some come close, but they’re not exactly the same, so they perform differently.

As you know, I get more excited about nail polish than about reviewing makeup brushes. But this is one brush that I need to tell you a little more about.

If you’re seriously into makeup, the MAC 239 is worth the higher price tag than its competitors. Continue reading


MAC Goldensoft Lipgelee Swatches & Review

MAC Goldensoft Lipgelee Review & PicturesMAC Lipgelees are my favorite lip glosses because they make my lips feel smooth and moisturized, while giving them a lot of shine.

They have a thicker consistency, which I prefer because I’m not a fan of Vaseline-thin products that last all of 5 minutes and force me to constantly re-apply it like some sort of addict.

The first one I tried a couple of years ago was the MAC Goldensoft Lipgelee.

Although it can look super blingy and intimidating in the tube, on your lips, it imparts a very natural-looking sheen with peachy-gold particles that really catch the light.

The sheer formula makes it great for any skin tone. Plus it lends itself to being used as a layer over lipstick.

This lip gloss was my go-to daily staple until I started buying other Lipgelee shades and lip products from non-MAC brands for variety.

If you don’t mind spending a little more and if you’re looking for a lip gloss that’s easy-to-wear, goes with virtually everything, and isn’t a boisterous hue, I highly recommend Goldensoft. Continue reading


MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass Swatches & Review

You may remember me previously raving about the MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipstick back in February.

Today, I bring you a MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass review!

MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass ReviewBought both Gaga 2 lip products at the same time and since then have been alternating between them.

The beauty of the lip gloss is that it makes your pout feel good, and it adds shine for that va-va-voom dimension. I was thrilled that the MAC lipglass was very much like the Viva Glam Gaga 2 lipstick I loved – it’s an easy-to-wear peachy nude lip gloss that doesn’t leave me looking like the Corpse Bride.

And, although most people already know, I still have to say it – all the proceeds from the sales of this product go to the MAC AIDS Fund that helps women, men, and children who are living with AIDS and HIV. So not only are you getting a wonderful new lip color, but you’re also supporting a very good cause. Continue reading


Nail Art: Silver Swirl Konadicure Using MAC Jade Dragon, China Glaze Millennium & Konad Image Plate m63

MAC Jade Dragon Swatches KonadicureSome surprises aren’t welcome. Case in point: when I was in grade school, my mom once packed my lunch – it was sardines on top of spaghetti and melted processed cheese. Yuck!

Thankfully when I went on my latest rendezvous with Konad nail art, my surprise was a pleasant one. And it didn’t smell like fish. Or cheese.

I didn’t expect to fall in love with this Silver Swirl Konadicure featuring MAC Jade Dragon, China Glaze Millennium, and the Konad Image Plate m63. But, oh, I did!

Sure, it’s kinda tacky, but I dig it because it looks futuristic. Also, it brightened up MAC Jade Dragon.

What do you think about this Konadicure? Too messy? Too plain? Continue reading