MAC Fast Play Lipstick ♡ Review + Swatches

When I bought MAC Fast Play Lipstick, I wanted to try a MAC lipstick color that is less known and less talked about, as I feel like I have been keeping with the latest trends too much these days and all I have been buying is products that are in everyone's must have, but it's not necessary the right shade or product for myself.

I wrote down a list of MAC lipsticks that is not so well-known, some of them I didn't even know exist; and I chose Fast Play because the color looks pretty and trendy on the website. Fast Play is described as a neutral pink with an Amplified finish. 

My first impression of MAC Fast Play when tried it on the lips was, it's not my style! It's a pretty color, but it's too dark for my liking, I wear mostly nudes and light pink shades and when I wear Fast Play, I felt like it was out of my comfort zone. So after that I just left Fast Play in my makeup draws and forgot all about it.

MAC Fast Play Lipstick
MAC Fast Play Lipstick

My perspective changed towards MAC Fast Play last week when I was browsing a lipstick to go with my winter outfit. Last Thursday I worn a grey dress with wine red stocking and an autumn red cardigan; and as soon as I put on the lipstick, I thought "omg, this is perfect", "it goes perfectly with this outfit", "it's my perfect winter lip shade".

Hehe, I can't remember the last time I was this obsessed with a MAC lipstick!

MAC Fast Play Lipstick

I am excited to share with you my new thoughts of MAC Fast Play, as per usual, I will be going through the product description, color, formula, application, longevity and overall rating. I will be skipping the product packaging and scent for this one as we know for non Limited Edition MAC lipsticks, they all comes packaged in the standard bullet with a vanilla scent.


 MAC FAST PLAY

MAC Fast Play Lipstick is described as a neutral pink with an Amplified finish.

MAC Amplified Creme finish is described as ultra-creamy, quietly shiny and color-packed.

 COLOR

MAC Fast Play Lipstick shows up as a mauve pink on my NC25 skin tone, The color is absolutely gorgeous when worn in winter with the right outfits, in summer and/or hotter days, Fast Play doesn't seem to fit in with my style.

I love that Fast Play is very pigmented, it adds subtle shine on the lips which makes the lips looks a little fuller.

 FORMULA

The formula of an Amplified Creme finish is so soft, smooth and amazing. It is moisturizing during wear and the lipstick doesn't settle into lines.

 APPLICATION

MAC Fast Play has a creamy texture which let the lipstick glides on the lips smoothly. Application was semi-even, I guess it all depends on your skill with applying darker shades of lip products. To me, Fast Play applied easily, smoothly, evenly, but sometimes I had to press my lips together a couple of times to get that precise line on the bottom lips.

 LONGEVITY

One of my favourite things about MAC Fast Play Lipstick is that the formula is creamy, but it doesn't completely wipe off or smear all over when I eat or drink. There is minimal transfer on cups and food and I love that it wears for a very long time, leaving a berry tint when the color fades.

8:15 AM - I applied MAC Fast Play (I didn't exfoliate, only applied lip balm beforehand and wiped off lip balm before application). 10:00 AM - I had breakfast, I ate two custard tarts and had a cup of coffee (checked myself in the mirror after breakfast to see that the lipstick stayed in place, it looks as if I had just applied). 12.50 PM - I had lunch, rice with fried capsicum and braised pork and I had a chocolate marshmallow pie afterwards (the rice wasn't too oily and the chocolate pie was a little messy. After lunch I checked in the mirror to see that the lipstick stays in place and only the middle of inner lips seems a little faded). 4.15 PM - My lips felt slightly drying (checked in the mirror again to see that the middle of bottom lips as a berry stained line, the overall lips is no longer shiny, the lipstick looks matte on at this point and the color has faded a little into a medium berry stain). 6.00 PM - I got home, took some selfies, heheh and then removed my makeup. Prior to removing my makeup, I had the lipstick on for nearly 10 hours and I didn't re-apply during the day as I wanted to see how well it wears. Finally before I removed my makeup, my lipsticks has faded some, it didn't faded very evenly, nor did it faded un-evenly. It wasn't as pigmented, but it leaves a pretty berry shade stain.

MAC Fast Play Lipstick
 MAC Fast Play Lipstick
MAC Fast Play Lipstick

OVERALL RATING    

My final thoughts on MAC Fast Play Lipstick is totally positive. It may not be too impressive during the first impression, but upon trying for the second time in a different season, I fell completely in love. I love the moisturizing, and smooth formula and I love that the mauve pink shade looks perfect in winter. I also love that it is long wearing and the creamy texture doesn't transfer too much.

I would have given Fast Play a five hearts rating because everything from its formula, color, scent and longevity is amazing, but I have given it a four hearts because it's not a color I would wear all year round. Although it is a gorgeous everyday shade, it seems to only look good on me in winter.


have you tried MAC Fast Play?
what is your thoughts on the color?

Birchbox June ♡ Unboxing + First Impression

Birchbox June 2016
Birchbox June 2016

Birchbox must have known that I wasn't so impressed with the items received in the May's Birchbox that they have packed my June box with all amazing goodies! I admit, I cheated a little and viewed my June box on the website before it arrived on my doorstep; I mainly wanted to see if I should cancel these subscription boxes because the past few months has been not-so-impressive. As soon as I saw what I was getting in the June box, I was over the moon!

LAURA GELLER New York Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator
Full Sized | USD $26.00

Laura Geller New York Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator is a luminous, warm highlighter that has an Italian dessert's rich texture with a formula that applies like powders but feels like a cream. Its' formula claims to be blendable and it is ideal for building to your perfect coverage.

I have never tried Laura Geller makeup, but I have always been curious about the brand and their products. I am so glad that Birchbox has packed my beauty box with a Laura Geller highlighter this month! As you can see in my swatch photo below, the highlighter is very pigmented and the colour is absolutely gorgeous. The sample is tiny, but you do get a lot of product and it can last you for a long time.

 Birchbox June 2016
 Birchbox June 2016
 Birchbox June 2016
 Birchbox June 2016
Birchbox June 2016

♥ BENEFIT Gimme Brow Volumizing Fibre Gel
Full Sized | USD $24.00

Benefit Gimme Brow Volumizing Fibre Gel is one of the new products that Benefit has recently launched. It claims to turn your messy brows into full, defined and even brows with just a few stroked. The product has volumizing microfibres and exclusive water-resistance gel that adheres to skin and hair, the brow gel is designed with a precision tip that lets you shape and blend effortlessly.

This sample is sooooo tiny, but it is THE MOST AMAZING PRODUCT IN THIS BOX! I already have plans of buying the full sized when I use up the sample. My favourite thing about this brow gel is the brush is not too big and the gel instantly set my brows, covers the hairless gaps and make my brows looks fuller.

I am currently using the Kiss Me Heavy Rotation brow gel and it has given me daily headaches, for example, I had to tie my hair back when I applied the brow gel or else my hair touch my brows and the brow gel smears everywhere. Also, when I brush the Heavy Rotation one through my brows, after applying brow pencils, the brow gel tends to wipe off some of the brow products that I have already put on the brows and sometimes I walked out of the house without realising there's weird gaps here and there on my brows.

Heavy Rotation is a complicated brow situation, but Benefit Gimme Brow is non of that and I am glad.

 Birchbox June 2016
 Birchbox June 2016
Birchbox June 2016

♥ BALANCE ME Congested Skin Serum
Full Sized | USD $30.00

Balance Me Congested Skin Serum is lightweight daily serum as well as a spot-treatment. Its' intention is to battle against stubborn troubled areas with the smooth application and divine scent. The claiming serum refines pores and balances skin without drying.

Birchbox June 2016

♥ LAVANILA The Healthy Sunscreen Sport Luxe SPF 30
Full Sized | USD $22.00

Lavanila The Healthy Sunscreen Sport Luxe SPF 30 is an all natural formula that works to shield every inch of skin while replenishing and nourishing it with antioxidants. Zinc oxide products from the sun's harsh rays while African shea butter moisturize and claims irritated patches. The sunscreen goes on sheer to protect without the streaks, it is water and sweat resistant and long lasting.

=.= another sunscreen products...

Birchbox June 2016

♥ MARCELLE BB Cream Golden Glow
Full Sized | USD $28.00

Marcelle BB Cream Golden Glow is a multitasking BB Cream that hydrates, calms skin, even skintone, control shine and lightly masked imperfection. It claims with deliver smooth and dewy skin with its effortless application, it is perfume-free and and oil-free, perfect for those with sensitive skin.

I would have loved this BB Cream sample if the colour matches me, too bad the shade given is a little too golden and too dark.

 Birchbox June 2016
Birchbox June 2016

have you tried any of the products included?
what products did you received in your June Birchbox?

Non Beauty Related ♡ ft. Melissa Patchuli X

Sharing with you something a bit different today;
a new pair of shoes from Melissa.

Melissa Patchuli X
Melissa Patchuli X
Melissa Patchuli X

Today I am sharing with you a Non Beauty Related item, a pair of Melissa Patchuli X Wedges that I have recently purchased from The Iconic. I have been wearing these wedges every day since the purchase and I love how comfortable these are; I also get a lot of compliments while wearing these.

The Melissa Patchuli X Wedges is available in four colors, I have the glossy black as I thought that it would go well with many of my work outfits. The wedges has a peep-toe design, a slender tortoiseshell ankle strap with shiny gold-toned buckle, a matte black strip down the back, 2.5cm concealed platform and 10cm concealed wedge heel.

I used to wobble every time I wear wedges, despite how comfortable people claims they are compared to stilettos. I guess the sale was what motivated me to place the order heheh, I cannot thank myself enough for finally buying a pair of Melissa wedges as they have been on my wishlist for too long.

I love that I could wear the Melissa Patchuli X Wedges for hours and hours without getting sore feet, I could walk in them as if I was wearing flats, the rubber material isn't harsh, it is super comfortable and I absolutely adore its' bubble gum scent. I heard the Melissa shoes smells stays forever and you won't ever get smelly feet wearing Melissa shoes ~ haha.

The only negative thing I would say about the Melissa Patchuli X Wedges is that it is a little narrowed on the peep-toe area. I usually wear a size 5 in shoes and I wish that I have purchased the size 6 instead as sometimes my toes feels numb after a long day of wearing, it feels a bit tight and I doubt that the material would stretch as it's not made of leather.

Overall, I am loving these and I cannot wait to get my hands on the pair of glossy nude.

Melissa Patchuli X
Melissa Patchuli X

MAC A Flavourite Flame Lipglass ♡ Swatches

MAC A Favourite Flame Lipglass

Today I am sharing with you my thought of a sparkly and pigmented MAC Lipglass from the MAC Enchanted Eve 2015 Holiday Collection. The lipglass is part of the Enchanted Eve Red Lip Bag which includes 1 x Lip Liner in Beat, 1 x Lipstick in Pretty Irresistible and 1 x Lipglass in A Favourite Flame. 

MAC A Favourite Flame Lipglass

If you are not familiar with MAC Lipglass, it is a lipgloss that can create a high-gloss, glass-like finish or a subtle sheen. It is designed to worn on its own, over lip pencil or over lipstick. It claims to be the perfect product for creating shine, while soften and condition the lips with jojoba oil in the formula.

I own a few MAC Lipglass and one of my favourite thing about the formula is that it's super creamy, each color either light or dark shades are both pigmented and vibrant and I love that the lipglass is able to provide a fuller lips look without the strange tingling feeling on the lip.

MAC Lipglass formula is moisturizing during wear, the consistency is sticky and some people aren't a fan of it, but it's never been a problem for me.

MAC A Favourite Flame Lipglass
MAC A Favourite Flame Lipglass

MAC A Favourite Flame Lipglass is described as a vibrant deep raspberry, the shade is a bright-ish medium red with a warm undertone. It has a glossy and creamy finish that applies evenly and smoothly with its standard doe-foot applicator. A Favourite Flame worn well for five hours with minimal touches to the lips, eg: eating or drinking.

    

MAC A Favourite Flame Lipglass
 MAC A Favourite Flame Lipglass
 MAC A Favourite Flame Lipglass
MAC A Favourite Flame Lipglass

what do you think of
MAC A Favourite Flame?