Monday, January 31, 2011

Review: MAC Pro Longwear Concealer

Senior year for me has been a crazy one.  It was difficult for me to juggle the time to make posts and keep up with makeup trends.  It's probably not a surprise that MAC's release of their new Pro Longwear line went unnoticed for me.  Fortunately, I kept up with my Twitter and after hearing all of the raving, I thought I'd give this a try the next time I was at a MAC.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
What it is:
As listed by the MAC website, this concealer is designed to be fluid and lightweight.  It dries to a matte finish and claims to last up to 15 hours.  It's supposed to be great for covering up dark under-eye circles and other discolorations.
My Impression:
I'm sure it's no secret that one of the things I've been struggling with is dark under-eye circles.  Be it from a lack of sleep, genetics, or what have you, I have to deal with covering up these circles each day.  I have been through a boatload of products, each claiming to do what no other product has done.  Well, I never really completely found that to be true--until now.  I am absolutely positively in LOVE with this concealer to the point where I am ready to commit to an exclusive, longterm relationship.  It is definitely very lightweight--much thinner than foundation.  I have found that I only need just the smallest of dots to provide full coverage.  I apply it after I have applied my foundation by patting it on with my ring finger and then blending it out with a brush.  It blends seamlessly with the foundation, dries matte, and stays put for the entire day.  This is the first undereye concealer I have had that hasn't creased and has looked natural enough for my taste.
My recommendation:
I would surely recommend it to anyone facing similar dark under-eye problems.  It not only works, but it lasts!  Although it comes with a $16.50 pricetag, I believe it is well worth it because a little goes a long way.  That does bring me to my next point.  For any of you reading this and believing that it is too good to be true, there is one negative to this product--and that negative would be the packaging.  It comes with a pump dispenser and looks like a mini MAC foundation.  However, unlike the pump that can be purchased for the MAC foundations, this pump is simply uncontrollable.  One full pump will give you enough product to last you the week and even gently pressing it still leaves you in danger of pumping entirely too much.  I ended up finding a way to press it so that just enough comes out, but it takes a careful hand.  I think that if you can find a way to get past this issue, you should be good as gold!
The rundown:
  • Product:  5/5
  • Packaging:  2/5
  • Quality:  5/5
  • Overall:  4.3/5
  • Would I buy this again?:  ABSOLUTELY.
  • Price:  $16.50 at MAC
  • Pros:
    +  Lightweight
    +  Dries matte
    +  Looks natural
    +  Covers dark under-eye circles
    +  Long lasting
    +  A little goes a long way
  • Cons:
    -  THE PUMP
Hopefully you found my review helpful!  If you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to let me know.

Disclaimer: I have not been paid to review the product featured above. I purchased all of the products reviewed in this blog post and did not receive them for free. I ensure that this is my true and honest opinion.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Back in Business!

Hello, everyone, and welcome back to my blog!  I'm sure most of you that followed my previous blog, Princess Mellie's Look Book, are wondering what happened.  Well, to make a long story short, a lot!  Life started taking the reins and I had to take a little break.  I'm back, however, and if you're still willing to read up, I'd love to have you as visitors.

Some of you are probably asking about the name.  Why LMFAO?  Why such a strange name?  It catches attention, that's for sure, but I thought that as an acronym, it encompassed everything that I was hoping a personal blog would convey--discussions about my life, makeup, fashion, and other beauty-related topics.  Furthermore, nothing brightens up a day like a warm smile and a deep, hearty laugh.

I'm hoping that I'll be able to keep up with this much better than I have in the past--I'm determined to, actually.  This year is one to accomplish my goals and I will see to it that I make regular posts throughout the duration of 2011 (and into the future!).

While we're on the topic of goals, I'd also like to mention that I'm currently in the process of finishing my last semester as a marketing undergrad.  I'm working to finish up my classes--including an International Marketing course that will have me traveling to Germany and France!  As I prepare to make my way out, I am also looking at either getting my first job or continuing my education with an MS in Marketing Research.

Many of you that follow me on Twitter or followed my previous blog probably already know that for the past couple months, I've been working a full-time internship with SAP.  That kept me extremely busy last semester, especially with the commute that sometimes took me up to 2 hours one way!  Additionally, I also picked up a gig as a contributor to a marketing website.  Although I'm only working part-time this semester and I'm still busy with school and life in general, I have a little bit more time to devote to making posts here.

So we'll see where this takes us!  I've got a lot of fun and informative posts coming up, so hopefully you stick around to see them.  Please let me know if there's anything else you'd like to see or anything like that and I'll try my best to work towards it!

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