Holy Toledo

MAC. A name so many beauty addicts know and love. I was one of them. They started my transition from drugstore to designer. I was a MAC addict in high school. I had so many products from them! But one day I met Sephora. She offered me so many different brands and options that I couldn’t help but fall for her. Somehow I moved on, without MAC. But then one day (10 years later) I stopped in with my friend and saw that they had the most gorgeous red lipstick display with the coolest packaging. Toledo. I knew the day had come for me to fool around, once again, with my old flame.

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See, my boyfriend wanted to give me a red lipstick for Valentine’s Day. Specifically, the new Jeffree Star Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick in Red Rum. However, when I went to order it, shipping was $11 USD – on a $18 USD lipstick!!! It made absolutely no sense to order it, an $18 lipstick would quickly become a $35 CAD lipstick … not even NARS costs that much! Quick and simple … NO!

Later that same day, was the glorious moment I stepped into Mac and had my red lipstick prayers answered. They had a variety of reds available in the limited edition Toledo line, but I wanted a bright red with blue undertones. So I picked out the shade Opera.

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Now I know this collection was released back in February, but I needed time to a) stare at it before I used it and b) have a chance to use it a few times before I really gave my opinion (after all, it had been years since I had made a MAC purchase).

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I am a MAC lover once again. This lipstick is creamy and so pigmented. The color you get in one swipe is bold and beautiful. And it stays!! Through coffee or a light lunch. I like my lipstick to always look fresh so I top it up often, but it isn’t actually necessary with this stunner (I definitely do it out of habit). And the packaging. Seriously. How cool and amazing is it? I have no trouble at all finding this baby amongst all my other lipsticks. Plus, at $19 CAD it is significantly cheaper than most of my other faves (Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick, Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick, Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick, etc.)

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Sadly, this collection is no longer available through MAC, but you could probably find it on eBay. I do believe however, that this lipstick speaks volumes about the quality of MAC lipsticks. I’m sure a similar dupe could be found in their permanent line. If you fell out of love with MAC, have never tried MAC, or think that MAC is overrated, I suggest you try something from them asap. I was sooo surprised with the quality and the prices. I’m used to paying more for similar products from other brands, but MAC seems like it could be a budget friendly substitute!!

Did you pick up anything from the Toledo line?? ♡♡

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Star Studded Surprise

Thanks to an amazing giveaway from Beauty + Babes, I got my hands on a ton of Kat Von D Star Studded Lipsticks AND a super cute makeup bag!

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Talk about a “kiss of death” Talk about a killer giveaway. She definitely knows how to tickle my fancy, NINE new lipsticks?! I had been eyeing this set for weeks, such a beautiful collection of traditional nudes, pinks, and reds, as well as some shades with an edge (sparkley bright purple, a dark vampy red? Yes please!). This set retails for $47 CAD, with a value of $151 CAD!! Even though I already own some of the KVD lipsticks, I didn’t own any of the shades included in this set, yay!!! Shades include (pictured from left to right): Motorhead (matte black cherry), Lovecraft (matte mauve pink nude), Agatha (matte pale nude), Countless (matte bright orange), Sexer (iridescent hot pink), Bachelorette (matte pink fuchsia), Hexagram (matte true red), Wonderchilde (iridescent neon purple), Adora (metallic sparkley red).

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Drench your lips with bold color and unstoppable femininity. Designed to look as rock ‘n roll as its wearer, this revolutionary, hybrid lipstick is formulated with Color Cushion Technology that combines 10-hour wear, one-swipe payoff, and velvet touch comfort. This color-true lipstick leaves lips supple, and its wide color spectrum offers stunning shades, including red for every skintone, statement-making colors, and classic, everyday neutrals. 

Many of the reviews I have read said that these lipsticks tend to be drying and patchy when applied. The only color that I found applied unevenly, was Motorhead. But given the extremely dark pigment, I think lips would need to be fully prepped to rock such a dark shade. As for the other shades, they all applied smoothly, evenly, creamy, and pigment rich. I’m thrilled to add these to my collection! The shades Adora and Sexer are my favorite in the set. I don’t own any iridescent lipsticks like this, but a shimmering red is perfect to finsh off a festive holiday look.

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This post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning how adorable this bag is! It’s surprisingly spacious, big enough to fit more than just the essentials plus some full size brushes! It will be the perfect makeup bag to throw in my holiday clutch! Literally, grab and GLOW.

Thanks again to Beauty + Babes for such an awesome giveaway prize! I highly recommend you check out her blog. She has such a great mix of beauty, fashion, hauls, and celebrity babes!!