Mini Make up Haul 2023

New year! new make up! hahhaha I am so excited guys. Finally I am renewing some of my make up items!

Acqua & Sapone:

  • Maybelline Sensational waterproof Sky High Mascara


  • Wet n wild photofocus eyeshadow primer
  • Wet n wild make up sponge


  • Beauty blender sponge
  • Giorgio Armani power fabric ultra weightless matte foundation spf20 6,5


  • L’oreal Infaillible 24h freshwear matte bronzer in light medium
  • L’oreal Infaillible 24h more than concealer in 329 cashew
  • L’oreal Color riche le lip liner 302 bois de rose
  • L’oreal long wear brow topcoat
  • Essence prime like a boss eyeshadow base
  • Essence gel nail color chili together
  • Essence hidden jungle effect nail lacquer in 02 misty shadows
  • Essence ultra quick dry topcoat instant dry
  • Catrice 131 espressoly great


  • Essie multidimension topcoat
  • Sally Hansen instadry nail color


  • MAC Cosmetics powder blush in Melba
  • Kevin Aucoin contour duo
This is my small mini haul!

Make up Declutter 2022

It has been a ride, guys.

I am at a point in my life where I try to be content and enjoy more of the stuff that I have. I am so happy and relaxed that when a product is at the end, it is easier to let them go and make peace with myself.

Sometimes I get too attached with stuff and there has to be balance. No one is forcing us to keep products that we know are not gonna be useful anymore. In fact it is healthier to learn to let go when it is time.

This applies not only to all of my stuff but also with make up. Especially make up because I think cosmetics at some point has early expiration than most of the stuff that we have like clothes and bags which might actually stay in our closet much longer than we thought of.

Now in 2023 I am ready for a new beginning. In with the new, out with the old.

make up declutter
fase beauty

These are the items that are going and I can definitely say, it’s been great.

I had a great time with these products for some time and most of these I actually got to keep for years, guys. So you can just imagine the attachment and nostalgia because I know I cannot continue using them anymore.

May I present with you the products that is included in my declutter year 2022:

  • Bella Oggi Italia Cover Me Concealer in 02 light – This I didn’t purchase, my dad gave it to me. It is too light but I tried my best to be able to use it so apply it together with my Maybelline Instant Anti age concealer. This is too drying in my opinion. Whenever I use it on my undereyes, lines are showing a lot. I used it often more than I should because the formula si the best. It is half used and I will just let it go.
  • Wet n Wild photofocus concealer in Medium Tawny- this is actually not bad. again the shade is not on point as it is darker than my skintone. But I think this is getting old so I am just gonna let it go. It is also given to me by my dad. I hate the smell too. It reminds me of the foundation Photofocus, Very chemical scent. I have used this enough and I think I am just gonna declutter this. I am not mad at all but I am not that impress either.
  • L’oreal Paris Infaillible 24H Fresh Wear Foundation in 140 Golden Beige- This is an incredible foundation. The finish is amazing. Even though I have oily skin it actually stays for a long time. It looks fresh the way the name suggests. But this is also getting old. I haven’t used it very often as I have been trying to finish my other foundations. I actually saw the oil separating so I just have to let this go.
  • Nars Blush/Bronzer Duo Orgasm and Laguna- I mainly bought this to be able to try NARS formula. And I don’t regret it. These two products were the only blush and bronzer that I used for the longest time so I guess I just want to change and I already hit pan on both!
  • MAC Mineralize Skin finish in Soft & Gentle- this has been in my kit even before I used it for myself so I guess it is time to change my highlighter. I loved this using for other people but I rarely used it for myself as it is too glittery for me.
  • Kevin Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium- the best contour powder I have ever tried and I don’t think I would try the others. It is kinda old I wish I have used this more than I should. I think mold is starting to form on the pan so I had to repurchase this! I already have a back up!
  • Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging- this is practically an empty more than a declutter. I am not really impressed with this but I am just glad I have finished this up. I am not gonna continue to scrape the product. I am just gonna call it quits
  • NYX Glitter Primer- this was also in my kit back then so I need to let this go. I used this for a few months after I have finished the Urban decay primer although it is a glitter primer.
  • NARS Climax in Explicit Black- I need to change my mascara, guys. This is not even a good one. I am so glad I didn’t buy the full size. The formula is not good.
  • MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash – one of the best mascaras I have ever tried. I got one in the past that I kept in my kit. Amazing formula, amazing wand and it is so embarassing to say that I kept it for a year! Don’t do that guys!
  • Prep Lip Balm Aloe Vera- this is also an empty and ofcourse this will go straight to the trash. I am not very particular into lipbalms just as long as it moisturizes my lips then I am good.
  • Flormar Supershine Lip Gloss in Bronze Statue- I think this gloss is ok. I liked it. but it is old and i don’t use it that much anymore. I will be honest, I am not into lipglosses that is why I have owned very few.

I highly recommend decluttering. It is really a good feeling guys. Nothing is constant and we need to change as much as we can. Especially in cosmetics because we do apply this on our skin. Just be mindful and I encourage everyone to declutter stuff that you think doesn’t add value in your life anymore…

Thank you so much for reading. Thank you for being here! Thank you for an amazing 2022! Guys, I just want to let you all know, I appreciate you!

Happy New Year! I hope you all have a blast this 2023! Stay healthy, stay happy and stay beautiful just the way you are!

Always, Karen

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored article. All the products that I feature here in my blog I purchased myself. My opinion is based on my experience upon trying and using the product.

Make up Mini haul Update

Mini Make up Haul 
make up
eyeshadow palette
brow pencil
miscellar water

I want to write about this especially because this has been all the make up that I bought last year 2021. After a year I’d like to share my thoughts on these make up items.

I have a video update which is on my youtube channel!


  • Maybelline Superstay matte ink in 20 Pioneer
  • Dior Backstage Custom Eye palette
  • Maybelline New York limited edition: instant anti age concealer in nude, Garnier Miscellar Water All in 1, pouch

MAC Cosmetics

  • Mac x9 palette in Amber
  • Extended Play Gigablack Lash
  • Brows Styler in Stud

There is a reason why I have chosen these products last year. They are the ones that I trust ever since and have been very loyal to them. That is so true with Maybelline instant Age, Garnier Miscellar Water, MAC Gigablack lash and Brow Styler! They are not new to me. And I have always been very satisfied, I think these are the make up products that have been consistent with their formula all through out the years. They have been the same as I remember them to be. And that is a positive thing to me.

As for both the new eyeshadow palettes from Dior and MAC, I am sorry to say that I can not give you an update because I haven’t practically open them yet hahahahha. I know I am wierd but I promise this coming 2023 I already have included those in my make up baskets. I will surely let you know.

Maybelline Superstay matte ink surprised me. Everybody wanted it when it came out and were saying a lot of good comments about this. If you love liquid lipsticks with a matte formula then this might be your preference. But I know I am not hahahah I got it mainly just because I was looking for a long wearing lipstick and everybody said this is the best they have ever tried but I just cannot leave my old creamy lipstick bullets. Matte is not for me as I don’t like the drying effect and liquid is not my jam. I found bullet lipsticks are easier to apply. To be honest it isn’t that bad. But I know this isn’t a lip product that I would gladly use everyday. I also prefer pinks and nudes, not a fan of reds. But I chose red just because I want one in my collection as it is a classic, in my opinion, and that I already have a few pinks so I figured a red will be an addition to my lip products.

How about you? What are the make up products that you purchased in the past that is still your go-to? I would love to hear from you, drop a comment down in the comment section!

Thank you so much for reading! Ciao!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored article. All the products that I feature here in my blog I purchased myself. My opinion is based on my experience upon trying and using the product.

Mineralize Skin Finish

This is one of those products that I know is amazing but unfortunately I can’t use for myself. I’m gonna say that this is one of the products that I really like and I know that it is high quality but unfortunately not appropriate for my skin

It is one of the best selling products of MAC Cosmetics

It’s a complexion product called Mineralize Skin Finish. This particular shade is called Soft&Gentle, and it is almost universal to all of the skin tones. It is peach bronze with gold reflects.

This powder highlighter is made of what MAC calls “multi mineral complex” which adds luminosity and radiance on the skin, especially on the cheeks, brows and other parts of the face. It also contains Vitamin E and it can be used for the body as well. Plus it is made in Italy!

It is dermatologically tested, ophthalmologist tested and it says on the product description that it doesn’t cause acne. I agree to that claim because, guys, I am actually acne-prone and to be honest a lot of complexion products from MAC I can’t use for this reason. I am not really sure what ingredients irritate my skin particularly their foundations and powders. Surprisingly this is one that doesn’t break me out. It is incredible that Soft&Gentle didn’t cause me any skin problems.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Soft&Gentle

I just want to say that this is so glittery guys. If I have normal skin I might actually love it but because of my skin issues I am really careful about the face products that I put on my face. It is frustrating sometimes.

It also says on their description that to achieve more intense and metallic outcome just spray your makeup brush with a little bit of Prep+Prime fix+ but in my opinion it is metallic and glittery on its own. It is in no way a subtle highlight.

I have oily skin guys so it is not really for me I have long since accepted that LOL. It is really unfortunate that whenever I use a highlighter I look like a disco ball after just a short period of time has passed.

It doesn’t mean it is not a great product in fact I have always kept this in my kit. I truly believe that this is a high-quality product this is why make up artists love this. This has always been a makeup favorite on fashion shows and runway shows. And I love using this to all of the faces I have done.

And when I stopped freelancing I kept it for myself, I tried my best to make it work but I use it very rarely, almost never. I have a finishing powder that I actually use as a highlighter more than this.

This is beautiful to use for the eyes, too! So remember to try it as an eyeshadow.

If you love a highlighter with a punch this is for you, definitely check it out! This is perfect for the parties during the holiday season!

Thank you so much for reading! See you on my next article!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored article. All the products that I feature here in my blog I purchased myself. My opinion is based on my experience upon trying and using the product.

Kevyn Aucoin contour powder

I have dreamed about this powder for so long before I was able to purchase it. No one talks about this brand anymore in social media but I still believe in it as I believe in the name of this professional make up artist.

Kevyn Aucoin The sculpting powder
contour powder
Kevyn Aucoin The sculpting powder in Medium
made in USA

I haven’t tried a lot of contour powders I must admit. But when I found this it is just amazingly perfect.
It is matte and it has the right tones to just mimic the true shadows which enhances the face. It’s the perfect shade of browns, reds and gray. This contour powder is so easy to blend. And it is so soft that you can build it up how much you would like the intensity.

Looking at the description of the product on their website, there are a lot of ways on how to use this powder. I am surprised to know that it is not exclusive for the face only. It can also be used as an eyeshadow on the lid in order to sculpt the eye crease, to line the eyes I believe as an eyeliner, as an eyeshadow base and as a brow fill color.

Kevyn Aucoin Beauty was started in 2001 and founded by the iconic and legend Make up Artist Kevyn Aucoin. He believes in self expression and the transformative power of make up. He came to New York and applied for Vogue magazine. And finally became the first make up artist to be on the cover of the same magazine.

I love his philosophy of that he believes that all women are beautiful and make up is his tool to help discover that beauty. His work has been highly-acclaimed, from the music videos, backstage, album cover and fashion advertising.

He actually pioneered PRO artistry and made Contouring mainstream!

He’s the author of the bestselling make up books in which he shared his make up techniques:

  • The Art of Make Up 1994
  • Making Faces 1997
  • Face Forward 2001

He passed away in 2002 after launching his legacy brand: Kevyn Aucoin Beauty

I have an utmost respect to this legendary artist and I think that even the Beauty Brand speaks for itself and Kevyn’s make up philosophy. The brand is all about inclusivity, modern, luxury and quality, and promotes self-expression. There are products not only for make up artists but also for each individual who uses make up.

This is not the first time I have written an article about him, In fact I did feature him in one of my articles at the beginning back when I write articles in italian.

Kevyn Aucoin The sculpting powder
contour powder

This is the only contour powder that I own as to date but as you can probably notice on the photo, it is really old. I don’t contour as much as I did before to be honest. I probably will just repurchase this again because I have already found this, and this the one and only perfect contour powder for me!

I wish I can purchase more of the brand’s other products because I am truly in awe and I really do want to try some other ones but unfortunately the prices are high. And I rarely do purchase high end make up products unless they are on sale hahaha! Although I think that this is worth every single cent. From the luxurious packaging (it also has a velvet pouch and it looks really elegant!) up unto the product itself!

The work of this pro make up artist is admirable and I always appreciate people who know their craft. Kevin dedicated his life into pursuing his craft and talent, sharing it to the world to make a difference.

Kevyn Aucoin The sculpting powder
contour powder

Let me know your thoughts, if you have ever tried some products from the brand, did you like them? Don’t be shy and comment down below!

Thank you so much for reading and see you on my next article! Ciao!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored article. All the products that I feature here in my blog I purchased myself. My opinion is based on my experience upon trying and using the product.

Nars Duo

This particular mini make up item is now discontinued unfortunately. It is the only blush and bronzer that I own for a bunch of years now. And I think I am coming close to changing this as you can see I have a large pan on the bronzer now.

Nars Blush Bronzer Duo

I originally purchased this just to be able to try the formula. And yes, the shades are still available because they are part of the permanent collection even thought this mini is not. I have always seen Nars powder as a favorite to almost everyone. That is why I got intrigued.

These are the two best selling powders of the brand:

Laguna bronzing powder

Orgasm blush

Nars Blush Bronzer Duo

Nars blushes are very iconic, especially this particular blush called Orgasm. Nars have created Orgasm version both liquid, cream and powder blushes. I was really curious. And because it is very well-known I wanted to try it out for myself. It is a shade rose peach with little golden flecks. It is quite unnoticeable but when the light touches the face, that is when it is more apparent. It’s really beautiful. At first I was worried about it. I’d rather have a matte blush with no shine or flecks but it is incredible how this shade is just so flattering. I have no perfect skin and I prefer mattes when it comes to complexion products. But even if I don’t have flawless skin it didn’t emphasize the pores and imperfections on my face.

I like pink blushes, and again this shade is perfect for me. Rose color and peach and is very natural. I think they say that this also suites every skin tone so for makeup artists this is a precious make up item.

This blush is blendable and buildable. To be honest I don’t like blushes that are very strong. I don’t want a super punchy rosey cheeks. So I appreciate that I can build it up according to my liking. It can be blended beautifully from very suttle to intense color.

Another thing that impressed me is the longevity. I have oily skin, guys. I always say this in almost all of my beauty articles. And it is hard to find the right formula for face products hat will last me for a long time. This is one of those products that do and that is one of the things that I look for in make up. I think that the lasting power is important to majority of us who work long hours, or maybe people who goes out to events. I think that is the best thing about this blush for me. I am not a blush on girl so I really appreciate one good blush and for me it is enough I don’t need much.

The other powder is the best selling bronzer powder Laguna. I am particularly impressed with the blush but in the beginning I couldn’t say the same thing with the bronzer. After using it more often I come to like it a lot. I just think that it is tricky because you have to have the right make up brush for this. I have some that doesn’t pick up the product really well that is the reason why I had difficulty at first. So I discovered that not all brushes is appropriate to use.

In the end, I panned the bronzer faster than the blush LOL! But like what I said I am not into blushes. I’d rather pick a bronzer and a contour powder just to have a little color on my base. So it is not surprising that I have used the bronzer more.

There are other 3 shades from light to dark and this is the medium shade.

Now my aim is to pan the blush as well and I would be ready to let this go. It is getting old and it has served its time. I really enjoyed it and I must say this mini is one of the best make up items I have tried!

Anyone who works at the makeup industry knows who François Nars is. He is a professional make up artist, photographer, founder and creative director of Nars Cosmetics.

Founded in 1994, Nars Cosmetics came out with a set of lipsticks on their launch. He pushes the beauty philosophy of having no rules. I respect that and as an artist, yes, I did learn that there are certain rules that we follow when we do other people’s faces, but in the end what matters is what the client wants and that we are all free to express ourselves on how we do our make up I firmly believe that. And I have always said that for me make up is an art,

François Nars

Express yourself. Make up should fit who you are.

Finishing Powder

I am so proud of my make up collection and that I have a few products that I really love. I don’t have to stress myself into finishing them up and I get to enjoy them more.

I only have two face powders that I use everyday plus a third one which is living in my pouch inside my everyday bag.
The other two powders I already featured in one of my articles. They both come from the same brand. And this time I am gonna share my thoughts about the Hourglass Ambient™ Lighting Finishing powder.

I originally wanted to try the mini version but I got a discount from Sephora so I decided to go for the full packaging. Mind you, I was not freelancing anymore when I purchased this so yes, I am guilty of buying this to use exclusively for myself. =P
I rarely do buy expensive make up items.

In fact I don’t really know what to expect with this powder. Although of course I have read the comments and beauty blogs and watched a bunched of videos about this before splurging. I am not familiar with Hourglass products. I did have the face primer in the past which have lived in my kit. It’s an incredible product,I should say but unfortunately when I used it for myself, it broke me out. And I was so sad. So I had to hope but at the same time I know that this powder is a major risk, that it wont work just like the face primer being a face product, too.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder
diffused light

I got the shade Diffused Light which is warm pale yellow. And I wasn’t disappointed you guys. I can’t explain how this turn my skin from dull to having a soft lit. It says on their website that this is a technology called Photoluminescent, and that is what separates this powder from the others in the market.

It is incredible. Amazing. I have never ever tried something like this before from a powder. And because of this rarity Ambient powders are named to Vogue 100 Beauty Hall of Fame in 2016.

I have to say, though, that I have extremely oily skin, you all know that. I would be honest, at first I haven’t used this a lot as a face powder because the first time i did I got so oily easily which happens a lot whenever I use a powder which isn’t mattifying. I loved it as a highlighter, though. It is so suttle and it isn’t too highlighty if you know what I mean. I have another highlighter powder but it’s just too much for everyday use so I always reach for this Hourglass powder instead.

Now I still have oily skin but not as extreme as before so I get to extend using this powder under my eyes, and in some other areas of my face not only on my cheeks.
Like I said it transforms my dull skin. It is so soft and it isn’t powdery at all. It doesn’t mattify which is what most of the powders that I have owned. It isn’t even a luminous powder but it doesn’t emphasize any imperfections on my face. It is really amazing.

The Ambient powder is available in various shades. You can check out their website for the right shade for your skin tone.
It has no paraben, no talc fragrance free, gluten free, vegan and cruelty free. Hourglass is considered to be luxury cosmetics. I am not surprised as their prices are high. They are proud of their innovative formula and guys, the packaging is so elegant. I love it.
Both packaging and product is all worth it in my opinion.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder
diffused light

Their first product launch was back in 2004 and they have always been against animal testing and a percentage of the annual profit goes to the fundamental rights for animals.
I think that is awesome. I respect that a lot. I love my kitties and it is good to know that the cosmetic brand to which my money goes support animal rights.

I just want to say that I think this is an excellent product. And I know a lot of high quality products that I can’t even use for myself, I am glad this Ambient powder worked out for me unlike the face primer. I am impressed and it is not everyday that we get to see incredible make up products like this.

If you are eyeing out this product I am gonna go ahead and recommend it. You all know I have sensitive skin so it is always hard for me to find the right face products. But if you have doubts always read the ingredients if you are allergic to any.

This turned out to be the right product for me. I think it is 10 out of 10. You can be rest assured that part of your money will also go to a good cause. And.. being Italian, I am proud to say that this is Made in Italy!

Thank you for reading, I will see you on my next article! Ciao everyone!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored article. All the products that I feature here in my blog I purchased myself. My opinion is based on my experience upon trying and using the product.

RCMA Make Up Palette

This has always been a favourite.. And I guess when one works with a lot of clients, this will always be something that one would prefer to take inside a kit. It is an every make up artist’s dream foundation palette. It has a variety of shades and tones and very compact to carry. The formula is amazing, creamy, easy to blend and long wearing.

Vincent Kehoe – 18 Part Foundation/Concealer palette – #10

This palette is not only a foundation but also a concealer as well so I think that this is all worth the money.

I did use this on myself a bunch of times, and my skin looks flawless, guys. The fact that I have problematic skin which is not a secret, you are all aware of that. It just practically smooths out everything!

Because you have a variety of 18 shades in one palette, you can just mix the colors that you need in order to create the right shade for your skintone.

And that is another thing that I guess makes this palette worth every penny. Even if you are not a make up artist, I still think that this can be a personal everyday make up item.

RCMA Make Up
Vincent Kehoe - 18 Part Foundation/Concealer palette - #10

Palette Includes the following shades:

  • KO-1
  • KO-2
  • KO-3
  • KO-4
  • KO-5
  • KO-6
  • KO-7
  • KO-8
  • KT-1
  • KT-2
  • MB-1
  • MB-2
  • MB-3
  • MB-4
  • MB-5
  • MB-6
  • MB-7
  • MB-8
RCMA Make Up
Vincent Kehoe - 18 Part Foundation/Concealer palette - #10

Vincent Kehoe – 18 Part Foundation/Concealer palette – #11

Palette Includes:

  • Sh-1
  • Shinto-2
  • Shinto-3
  • Shinto-4
  • Shinto-5
  • Shinto-6
  • Shinto-7
  • Shinto-8
  • Porcelain
  • Ivory
  • Gena Beige
  • Tantone
  • Olive-1
  • Olive-2
  • Olive-3
  • Olive-4
  • S-1
  • CS-2

Both palettes has a Size: Net Wt. .39g   Palette Measures 6.3″ x 4″ x 0.5″

RCMA: The Research Council of Makeup Artists

This is an organization for make up professionals in film television and stage industries. It is founded by renowned make up artist Vincent JR Kehoe. He developed this foundation formula which can be used for professional make up artists.

Another amazing thing is that RCMA products are all vegan and cruelty-free!

Using these palettes, I will also testify that this is high quality and consistent to its performance. I love that I am able to use it for myself having a sensitive problematic skin I am picky about base products. There are other brands that I know are quality products yet I can’t use them personally. So for me, this is ten stars LOL! not five, but ten!

Make up artists will tell:

“RCMA is the professionals’ makeup!” 

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored article. All the products that I feature here in my blog I purchased myself. My opinion is based on my experience upon trying and using the product.

Beauty Sponge

I have just changed my sponge and this is the last one inside the pack as it is a 2-sponge package

The last time I changed the sponge was last August. I am not sure how I feel about this as it only lasted for a couple of months. It is a deal breaker for me. Yes it is truly an affordable product and yet it does the job. The life span is not very impressive though. This is what hindered me in the past to continously purchase this.

But you know, you get what you pay for. Interestingly enough, a couple of months is just really rough. I remember using this beauty sponge almost everyday in the past and it lasted me minimum 3 months. I don’t know what happened but it seems like the sponge is not the same anymore. Either I got a replica or it is just how it is now.

Let me know your thoughts about this if you have this sponge. I really want to know if I am not the only one or if I truly got a non-original item.

According to their website,
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is a makeup sponge ideal for applying liquid foundation smoothlessly.
It is made with latex free foam.

The sponge has 3 sides:

Use the sponge round sides to blend larger areas of your face
the precision tip to cover blemishes and imperfections
and the flat wedge side to contour around your eyes and nose

The Miracle Complexion Sponge can be used damp for a dewy glow or dry for fuller coverage. It can be used with foundations, concealers, tinted moisturizers for a natural luminous finish.

To be honest I like using a sponge for both my concealers and foundation.
And I think that the base make up is flawless and I always get the impression that my make up lasts long when I do this upon application.

100% Cruelty-Free, Vegan, and Latex Free. It is Dermatologist tested that is safe for sensitive skin!

Fortunately I never encountered any problems using it. My skin likes it. So for me that is the most important thing aside from longevity.

Just like all beauty sponges they last more if you care for them enough, it is advised to wash it after each use. Well, given the skin condition that I have , I am really careful about this.
They also advise to replace the sponge every 30 uses. And I appreciate that. I mean, I think that is valid enough but.. I use my sponges until they wear off, have some tear or mold then that is the time I will have to replace them! Lol! Am I the only one?? Hahaha

Real Techniques is one of the first brands to bring prestige quality at a great value to the beauty obsessed around the world. Year 2011 was when they strarted creating tools and accessories for make up. They have various products for applying liquid foundation, powder as well as for body make up.

I am not really sure if I’d purchase this again. I am always open to trying out others. But if you want something affordable and does the job then I think I can say this is a good one. Again, we get what we pay for…

Thank you for reading! Remember to let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored article. All the products that I feature here in my blog I purchased myself. My opinion is based on my experience upon trying and using the product.

MAC Prep + Prime Fix +

I have a love hate relationship with this product. I might contradict myself because I like it but at the same time I don’t hahahahah

By the way, I am talking about this MAC product called Prep + Prime Fix+
I have the mini version at the moment and yes I did have the full size botttle in the past which have lived in my kit for a time. This is one of MAC’s best selling products.

It is a face spray for soothing and refreshing the skin- preppinh it before applying make up. And not only that, this can also be used in the end once you are done doing make up.

I have bought this mini because, guys, I tried to like it but my skin just doesn’t. I didn’t want to repurchase the full size one and then it would just sit there in my vanity.

And yet, this mini is just hard for me to finish!
I know in my heart I will never reach for this ever again and I struggle because I don’t know how else I can use this because everytime
I spray this on my face, I b-r-e-a-k o-u-t!!!

It’s just so horrible you guys, because I know this product, I know it does amazing stuff on the face but unfortunately it isn’t for me.

I have freelanced in the past and yes I have been at the make up school so I am actually a make up artist. As you all know, this website was my make up service website that I turned into a blog.
I don’t freelance anymore and some of the remaining products from my kit I pulled out, some I gifted and some I used for myself. So i know when make up is valid or high quality, I know if it works for clients or not.

I was very happy this was part of my kit back then but I really can’t use it for myself. MAC has established itself as the go-to professional make up brand for artists and it is incredible to me that I can’t use most of the products! There is something in the ingredients, mostly face products that irritate my skin. Unfortunately prep + prime is one of the no nos for me.

Based on the description on their website, this is a lightweight spray rich in vitamins and minerals, infused with green tea, camomile, cucumber best for soothing and refreshing delicately the skin.

It is practically a hydrating liquid! (instead of the usual hydrating cream).

It provides instant hydration, soft luminosity to refine make up.
They actually point out that it can also be used with other products in infinite ways, to better the make up, to make it last and to hydrate the skin.

soothes the skin
make up last for up to 12 hours

dermatologically tested
ophtalmologist tested

doesn’t flares up acne
-well, this for me is a fail!

I don’t want to say this to make you afraid to try the product. If you want to of course you can, you do you. Maybe just be mindful or read the ingredients just to be sure. And it is not a secret why I discuss a lot of skin care products here in my blog because I have sensitive skin, and now diagnosed with eczema- an atopic skin type.

It really saddens me in a way because I love MAC products like what I said I know the quality. They work well with a lot of people. But this spray is not for me.

This spray can be used alone on the face even if you are not applying make up. It is also used as a finishing make up spray. Fixes the base products like powder foundation or any other powdered base make up products, to make the skin look hydrated and not powdery.

Here is another thing that I want to point out about this product, you guys. This is a trick that we have been using at the make up school.
We pick up the eyeshadow or pigment using the brush and spray it with prep + prime and then proceed to applying it on the lid for an intense color.
I mean, it’s amazing. I just.. this is why I know how a make up product is when I see one with good quality.

But even then, I just am too afraid to use it. It also says it is ophtalmologist tested but eyes are eyes. yes I did try it on my lid and it didn’t cause any irritation or anything like that but it is just me. It is all in the mind and I am just paranoid LOL

I hope that this didn’t sound so negative that just because the product didn’t work for me it is already a bad one. That is absolutely not the case. Of course to the extremes, I will tell you if I know that something isn’t right but again, this is just based on my experience and we are all different.

If you want to try it out first, I suggest you buy the mini version and if you like it go for the full size bottle.

I hope this little reflection helped you. Thank you for reading! See you on my next article!

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored article. All the products that I feature here in my blog I purchased myself. My opinion is based on my experience upon trying and using the product.

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