MAC Lipstick in Indigo-Go (Matte), free for National Lipstick Day 2017

Haulage! MAC — Lipsticks (National Lipstick Day & More)

A happy belated National Lipstick Day (July 29) to all!

There were many sales offered on lipstick that day, but one of the best deals was from MAC, who gave away a free lipstick at their counters! This offer was valid in the US, Canada, Australia, and I presume other countries, as well. The free lipstick was generally offered from selected shades in their ColourRocker collection of matte lipsticks in a variety of rainbow-inspired hues—though some counters also seemed to include additional shades.

It didn’t appear to be the most organized event, as I heard that some counters ran out of free lipsticks incredibly quickly, and others didn’t even let customers choose a shade, and handed out random lipsticks, instead.

I was lucky, as I hit up my nearest MAC counter in a Hudson’s Bay within an hour of opening, and there was basically no line at all! (Later, I was in the mall to do some shopping at a toy store and Bath & Body Works, and saw that the standalone MAC there had a crazy long lineup! I can only assume that they were offering a better selection of colors, but still, I prefer getting a funky shade and not having to wait at all.)

The SA presented about eight or so shades, mostly from the ColourRocker collection. I think I remember seeing Blue Bang!, Breathing Fire, Flatter Me FierceForbidden Sunrise, Indigo-Go, Mangrove, Uncontrollable, and a taupe neutral or two (maybe Cold Hard Cash? I didn’t really bother with it/them).

Mangrove, a vivid orange-red, initially looked good to me. But I already have similar shades, so I threw caution to the wind and picked up my first ever blue lipstick: Indigo-Go!

MAC Lipstick in Indigo-Go

MAC Lipstick in Indigo-Go
Matte (cornflower blue)

I also totally lucked out, because later that day, a fab friend picked up Blue Bang! for me, which was a total surprise! I love it—and I’ve gone from having zero blue lipsticks to two! Maybe I can do some kind of ombré effect.

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Sale Alert: Ebates Canada Celebrates Canada’s 150th Anniversary

This first of July, 2017, marks Canada’s 150th anniversary! I’m sure there will be many sales to come, but here’s one of the first big ones: Ebates Canada (referral link) is offering double the cash back at 150 stores!

Here are some of the beauty- and fashion-related ones (my favorite categories to shop, naturally). Note that not all of these stores will be shipping from Canada, so duties may apply; check before you order!

My top picks here are Charlotte Tilbury (8%), MAC (6%), Sephora (8%), and tarte (10%)—who are having a 48-hour sale right now. Yes, I got the Make Believe In Yourself Palette.

  • aerie (5%)
  • (up to 2%)
  • Ardene (6%)
  • ASOS (5%)
  • Aveda (8%)
  • Banana Republic (6%)
  • Blue Nile (2%)
  • Bobbi Brown (8%)
  • The Body Shop (8%)
  • Charlotte Tilbury (8%)
  • Clinique (8%)
  • Club Monaco (5%)
  • Coach (8%)
  • eBay (up to 2%)
  • Estée Lauder (6%)
  • Etsy (2%)
  • Farfetch (6%)
  • Gap / Baby Gap (4%—by the way, you can stick Old Navy and Gap stuff in your shopping cart and check out via Banana Republic, instead, and nab BR’s 6% cash back; I don’t believe you even need any BR stuff in your cart. I know I’ve done this in the past.)
  • Gilt (4%)
  • Hudson’s Bay (5%)
  • Indigo (up to 4%)
  • J.Crew (3%)
  • Jimmy Choo (8%)
  • Joe Fresh (4%)
  • Kate Spade (8%)
  • Le Château (7%)
  • Links of London (10%)
  • L’Occitane (5%)
  • Luisa Via Roma (up to 9%)
  • MAC (6%)
  • Modcloth (4%)
  • Naturalizer (8%)
  • Old Navy (4%—by the way, you can stick Old Navy and Gap stuff in your shopping cart and check out via Banana Republic, instead, and nab BR’s 6% cash back; I don’t believe you even need any BR stuff in your cart. I know I’ve done this in the past.)
  • Origins (8%)
  • The Outnet (6%)
  • Rose Gal (5%)
  • Saks Fifth Avenue (8%)
  • Sephora (8%)
  • The Shoe Company (6%)
  • Shopbop (4%)
  • tarte (10%—heh, I literally just used this with their 48-hour flash sale)
  • Toms (10%)
  • Tory Burch (6%)
  • Town Shoes (6%—I did not even know they had an online store, now!)
  • TSC (3%)
  • (2%)

See the full list here.

Happy Shopping!

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Like My Gown?, swatch

MAC — Like My Gown? (Studio Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: MAC Spring 2016, Fashion Pack

I’m kind of on a roll, now, so here’s another clearanced MAC polish that I picked up for CA$6.

Like My Gown?, from this spring’s Fashion Pack collection, is a vibrant magenta cream. It reminds me of Essie Footloose, which I ought to swatch one of these Throwback Thursdays.

The color is midtoned, and I think it’s one of those seasonless shades, though it’d probably look especially hot as a summer pedi! However, it’d also be a perfect pop of purple-y pink against the usual whites, greys and blacks of winter gear.

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Like My Gown?
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Like My Gown?

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MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Sweet Potion, swatch

MAC — Sweet Potion (Studio Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: MAC Winter 2015, Faerie Whispers

Hope everyone snagged a good deal or two this Black Friday weekend—though I suppose it’s now Cyber Monday, and the sales go on!

I’m continuing on from Friday’s review with another clearanced MAC polish that I picked up for CA$6.

Sweet Potion, is from last winter’s Faeries Whispers collection, though it was also recently repromoted in this spring’s Future MAC collection. It’s a warm, peachy tan cream with a slightly rosy undertone.

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Sweet Potion
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Sweet Potion

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MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Rack 'Em Up, swatch

MAC — Rack ‘Em Up (Studio Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: MAC Fall 2016, It’s a Strike!

I hope all my American readers had a relaxing and enjoyable Thanksgiving!

I had the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on for Peanut yesterday morning, and he wasn’t too interested, except when the Thomas the Tank Engine balloon showed up.

As usual, I thought Ronald McDonald was kind of terrifying.

I did get a kick out of this:

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Rack 'Em Up
Mr. Peanut dabbing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, November 24, 2016.

Now, onto the polish!

Earlier this fall, MAC decided to discontinue their line of Studio Nail Lacquer, which was actually only introduced in Spring 2015. I can’t say I’m entirely surprised, as I have personally found the line of little interest and only bought a few over the last two years. This is after they reduced the nail polish prices so that they were not almost as expensive as the lipsticks!

MAC will still be releasing limited edition nail lacquers with some of their collections, however:

A few of their remaining Studio Nail Lacquers have been clearanced online (at least in Canada and I think the US, as well). I picked up a few, just because it was CA$6 nail polish. I only passed on Babysplit, a too-sheer pastel green, and Style Matters, which I already owned.

Here’s one of the clearanced shades I did get, Rack ‘Em Up, which is from this fall’s bowling-themed It’s a Strike! collection.

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Rack 'Em Up
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer in Rack ‘Em Up

Rack’ Em Up is not the kind of color I usually go for: it’s a medium taupe brown cream with a slightly cool undertone.

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MAC x Helmut Newton (Winter 2016) collection

New Release: MAC — Limited Edition Photographs by Helmut Newton (Winter 2016)

Collection: MAC 2016 Winter, Limited Edition Photographs by Helmut Newton

Sometimes MAC calls this the Helmut Newton collection; other times the Limited Edition collection. So I’m just calling it the whole dang thing it says on the website’s collection banner (above).

From MAC:

M·A·C Limited Edition celebrates the erotically charged and elegant work of legendary photographer Helmut Newton. Known for his precise, glamorous and empowering photography of women, this limited-edition colour collection captures his provocative, exquisite taste. A selection of Newton’s iconic photographs adorns the packaging. Even today, his work remains as distinctive and influential as ever.

[Added 2017-11-30] If you’d like to learn more about Helmut Newton and view more of his work, you can check out Helmut Newton at Artsy (please note that some of the work includes nudity):

Helmut Newton photographs, Sigourney Weaver, Andy Warhol, via
Zuul looks super glam in the bottom left corner.

The MAC collection comprises the usual assortment of eyeshadows, lip products, and more, and also three new Studio Nail Lacquers:

  • Berlin, purple (crème) [this looks red to me on the website]
  • Call Time, grey (crème)
  • Monte Carlo, red (crème)

Not the most exciting array of colors, is it?

MAC has also discontinued their core collection of Studio Nail Lacquers, and currently only have plans to release the product in limited edition collections, such as this one.

The Studio Nail Lacquers retail for US$13 / CA$15, unless they are in special packaging—which is not the case with this collection, though I think the Helmut Newton products do seem like they come with fancy boxes.

Happy shopping!

MAC, Limited Edition Photographs by Helmut Newton collection, Winter 2016

New Release: MAC — It’s a Strike! (Fall 2016)

Collection: MAC 2016 Fall, It’s a Strike!

MAC has released a bowling-themed collection for Fall 2016, It’s a Strike!

Head straight to the fast lane with M∙A∙C It’s A Strike! A set of varsity-chic hues sure to bring you luck. Have a ball with the luminous allure of new Pearlmatte Face Powder. Two online-exclusive Lipsticks in Liquid Lurex and Babes and Balls are right up anyone’s alley. Rack ‘em up with a collection sure to be a perfect strike!

The collection includes three new Studio Nail Lacquers:

  • Babysplit, sheer lime green (crème)
  • Rack ‘Em Up, cool deep khaki (crème)
  • 5 Pin, deep wine (crème)

The Studio Nail Lacquers retail for US$13 / CA$15.

Happy shopping!

MAC, It's a Strike, Fall 2016 collection