The Monday Edit, February 8, 2021

Some articles to read, videos to watch,

and words to think about for the week ahead.


articles to read

I discovered the girllovesgloss website while looking for reviews of the MAC Face and Body Mixing Medium. In this post she talks about how to use some MAC Pro products including the mixing medium.

Are you someone who gets dressed everyday to work from home? That’s how I am and it really helps get me started and have a productive day. But make no mistake, despite the pandemic, not everyone gets to work from home. Here’s some work wear inspiration for those who still have to make the trek to the office. What to Wear to Work (Vogue UK)

Speaking of working from home, Karen from Makeup and Beauty Blog recently talked about sheer foundations she is loving.

There’s hard work being done to move us toward a more inclusive and diverse beauty industry. That work continues with an interview with the creator of the website Brown Girl Hands, Hannah Harris. Harris talks with Beth Gillette about her reasons for starting her website and Instagram account and the importance of brown skin representation in brand photography.

Videos to Watch

But seriously, has anyone tried the MAC Face and Body Mixing Medium? In this video, Senior National Artist for MAC, Fatima Thomas, features the product.

Watch makeup artist, Fatima Thomas at work

This next one is a long video, but if you love makeup declutters, it’s a good one. She actually gives a short review of each product making it more helpful than some I typically see.

Words to think about

“…your gift is the thing that you do the absolute best with the least amount of effort.” — Steve Harvey

If you enjoyed this post, please consider sticking around and checking out more of my content. 

  • MAC Cosmetics:  I likely have some swatches you’ve been searching for if you love Mac as much as I do. 
  • Shop My Stash:  Join me as I share swatches of my products and occasionally search for alternatives to new releases. 
  • Window Shopping Wednesday: My thoughts on what’s new in beauty (or sometimes just new to me).

 **Disclaimer:  I purchased all products featured with my own money.  For my full disclosure policy, click here.

The Wanderlust List #3 (Becca Light Shifter Veil Finishing Powder)

The wanderlust list is my way of enjoying and using items I already own. I hope to encourage myself and others to use some of the products we have rather than being so quick to buy something new. If this concept interests you, you can check out the previous versions of the Wanderlust List below.

Instead of buying the Becca Light Shifter Veil Finishing Powder, I’m revisiting some powders that I already own from Laura Mercier, MAC, and NARS.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (5), MAC Studio Waterweight Pressed Powder (dark), and NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (sunstone)
L to R: Laura Mercier Candleglow (5), MAC Studio Waterweight (dark), NARS Light Reflecting (sunstone)

As a dry skin person, satin or luminous powder is always intriguing. When I saw Becca release this powder, I was going to purchase it as soon as it made its way to Sephora. I’ve talked with Lili (a fellow blogger that you should check out if you haven’t) about it and I talked about it again in a Monday Edit. I still think it looks promising, but the more time that passed, the more I realized that I already have powders that have a similar finish.

Swatches of Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (5), MAC Studio Waterweight Pressed Powder (dark), and NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (sunstone)
L to R: Laura Mercier Candleglow (5), MAC Studio Waterweight (dark), NARS Light Reflecting (sunstone)

So the powders pictured above are the Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (shade 5), the MAC Studio Waterweight Pressed Powder (shade dark), and the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (shade sunstone). All of these powders leave a satin to luminous finish on the skin and don’t cling if I have dry patches. It is important to keep in mind that if you do not have dry skin and need oil control in your setting powder, these may not be for you.

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (5)

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (5) swatch

The Laura Mercier Candleglow Powder is the most luminous of the three products. It leaves a luminous finish and I try to be careful using this with non-matte foundations and I don’t use it if the finish of my foundation is luminous. If you want to learn more about this powder and see shade 4, I’ve featured it previously in Setting Powders That Work for My Dry Skin.

MAC Studio Waterweight Pressed Powder (dark)

MAC Studio Waterweight Pressed Powder (dark) Swatch
MAC Studio Waterweight Pressed Powder (dark) Swatch

The MAC Waterweight Powder is a natural finish with just a hint of luminosity to it. If you are familiar with MAC’s mineralize skinfinish natural, that is more matte than this waterweight powder. I typically just mix the two colors together, but I swatched them separately to show the different undertones of the two sides. There are only two shades left in stock on the MAC website, so this product may be getting discontinued. If you are interested in it, you could always try to see if a MAC counter has more shades in stock.

NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (sunstone)

NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder (sunstone) Swatch

The NARS Light Reflecting Powder leans more satin in finish but it still has a nice luminosity to it. This powder is the newest to me, but so far I prefer the Laura Mercier since this one is a little too orange on me. It is sheer, since it is a setting powder, so I do think that makes it more workable.

Even though the powders I own are all slightly different, they all get me to pretty much the same place. I’m just trying to be more careful about buying new products that duplicate something that is already a favorite. I’m not always good at it, but we’re all works in progress, so I just do my best.

If you enjoyed this post, please consider sticking around and checking out more of my content. 

  • MAC Cosmetics:  I likely have some swatches you’ve been searching for if you love Mac as much as I do. 
  • Shop My Stash:  Join me as I share swatches of my products and occasionally search for alternatives to new releases. 
  • Window Shopping Wednesday: My thoughts on what’s new in beauty (or sometimes just new to me).

 **Disclaimer:  I purchased all products featured with my own money.  For my full disclosure policy, click here.

6 Red Lipsticks from Mac Cosmetics

MAC Cosmetics Lipstick Swatches (mac red, russian red, chili, marrakesh, d for danger, spice it up)

Buying anything from Mac Cosmetics can my intimidating because they have such a vast range. The brand has many more shades of red than I have to show you, but I hope it’s still helpful to see some of the shades side by side.

  • Top row, left to right:
    • Mac red – Satin (vivid bright bluish-red)
    • Russian red – Matte (intense bluish-red)
    • Chili – Matte (brownish orange-red)
    • Marrakesh – Mattte (intense orange brown)
  • Bottom row, left to right:
    • D for Danger – Matte (brick red)
    • Spice it Up – Lustre (mulled brown berry)
MAC Cosmetics Lipstick Swatches (mac red, russian red, chili, marrakesh, d for danger, spice it up)
Top L to R: mac red, russian red, chili, marrakesh | Bottom L to R: d for danger, spice it up

If you enjoyed this post, please consider sticking around and checking out more of my content. 

  • MAC Cosmetics:  I likely have some swatches you’ve been searching for if you love Mac as much as I do. 
  • Shop My Stash:  Join me as I share swatches of my products and occasionally search for alternatives to new releases. 
  • Window Shopping Wednesday: My thoughts on what’s new in beauty (or sometimes just new to me).

 **Disclaimer:  I purchased all products featured with my own money.  For my full disclosure policy, click here.

Month in Review: January 2021

A recap of this month’s blog posts.

NARS Matte Bronzing Powder in Samoa

NARS Matte Bronzing Powder Swatch (Samoa)Check out the new matte bronzing formula from NARS.

Smashbox Brushes ReviewThese synthetic brushes are seriously underrated, check out my review if you’ve been curious.

The Monday Edit, January 18, 2021: Since I love helping people and sharing knowledge, I decided to start putting the Monday Edit together. This is my way of sharing more of what personally interests me outside of the items I decide to swatch. On the 18th I shared articles about eating healthy and passive income. For videos, I shared a MUFE’s primer demo from Melissa Alatorre and another from a dermatologist sharing moisturizer recommendations for hyper-pigmentation.

Sigma Warm Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette Swatches: Sigma’s newest eyeshadow palette release is worth a second look. Check out this post for swatches and a few comparisons with their Cor-de-Rosa palette.

Palette: The Beauty Bible for Women of ColourA book review and some swatches of some featured products covered in the book.

The Monday Edit, January 25, 2021: On the 25th I talked you through some thoughts and research I did on lactic acid, salicylic acid, and niacinamide for my dry sensitive skin type. I shared a video of some “clean” beauty favorites from a new YouTuber I recently discovered. I also showed a couple videos showing the Becca Light Shifter collection.

Covergirl Trunaked Queenship Cream Shadow Stick (960 unruly): If you have been considering trying the covergirl shadow sticks, read this review first.

Brands A-Z: I took some time to add a brand guide to the navigation menu at the top of my website. If you are interested in reviews or swatches for certain brands, you can check that page to find out if I have what you are looking for. There is also a search bar on the right hand side of the site that is always available if you prefer to search that way.

Thanks for Reading! I hope your new year is off to a good start.