21 Jun 2014
It’s been a very long time since I bought anything from Mac, let alone something from a Limited Edition Collection but I just couldn’t resist this Sharon Osbourne Duchess Eyeshadow Quad. I bought it from my local Mac store and I bought the second to last one, I did want the Kelly one too but that had sold out but after seeing them both side by side in store I preferred the Sharon one. Nothing else from the Collection caught my eye.
I like the packaging and really like the new clear palettes, they are so user friendly and feel sturdy and have magnetic closing, that is so satisfying. The red looks glamorous and cute on my dressing table. I’m pretty chuffed I treated myself to it.
This Quad has four shades that I will get a lot of wear from, the only permanent colour is Embark, the other 3 are exclusive to this palette.
- Sweet Eyes (Veluxe Pearl) light champagne nude
- Sexy Eyes (Veluxe Pearl) – bronzed toned & quite like a rose gold.
- Femme Fatale (Satin) golden brown
- Embark (Matte) deep matte reddish brown
All four shades are pigmented and very blendable, Embark is slightly dry but still pigmented. I think they work well together & unlike a lot of palettes / quads there really isn’t one dud shade, they’re all beautiful. Three of the four have a pretty shimmer frosted finish and I think they will be gorgeous for Summer, I wouldn’t say they’re overly frosted or shimmery but just enough to add some iridescence, glow and brightness to your look.I’m excited to try lots of different looks with these four shades.
I seem to be drawn like a magpie to Mac’s Pearl and Veluxe finishes and own quite a few others. So this quad will fit well into my collection, also I love neutral shadows too so these I’m sure will be getting a lot of love. If you can’t tell already Im very happy to have snapped one of these up & I’m going to enjoy using it.
Top – Bottom – Sexy Eyes // Sweet Eyes // Embark // Femme Fatal
Did you manage to get anything from Kelly or Sharon’s collection for Mac?
17 Jun 2014
I like to wear minimal makeup during the Summer months & these are a few of my favourite products to achieve that Summer Glow. First up are a few skincare products. The lovely but very expensive Sisley Black Rose Cream Mask* is great if you’re pushed for time, I apply this in the morning and leave it on for 20 minutes, if I’m not wearing makeup I will just massage the excess in to my skin and this looks very glowing (not shiny). It is very hydrating and plumps my skin and is packed full of vitamins and anti ageing ingredients to restore the vitality and freshness of young skin. I’m scared to say I’m contemplating purchasing the full size. The Origins Brighter By Nature Peel Pads are like my secret weapon in the fight against dull skin. I love products that promise to give me radiant skin and these peel pads are damn good. The fruit acids exfoliate your skin and remove all the dead skin to keep your skin looking healthy – perfect in somewhere thats quite polluted as they help remove that deep down dirt to reveal healthy bright skin.
Helping to revive my dull complexion is the Clarins Instant Light Radiance Boosting Complexion Base, I either mix this with my foundation or apply it as a primer. I have the shade Champagne, a gorgeous slightly golden colour which adds a subtle highlight to your face, evens out my skin tone and helps cover my redness. This is very lightweight but still hydrating (which is important for the warmer months) this sits nicely on my skin, not greasy in the slightest. I think I am going to pick up the rose shade too.
The Benefit Hollyood Glo is a liquid bronzer in a bottle. This is perfect at giving you that sun kissed, healthy look without having to have stepped foot outside. I love that you can use this to achieve a subtle glow or apply lashings to make it look like you have been on a two week holiday to the Maldives. This bottle has been my go to Summer Holiday in a Bottle for years, I like to apply it to my cheek bones & down my nose, I love how little product you need, its my best kept secret (so don’t tell anyone …. it is discontinued). This is perfect for a night out as it keeps the skin looking fresh, healthy and dewy.
My under eye area is naturally dark so I always need a little extra help in brightening under there. I have been really enjoying this Avon Magix Eye Radiance Brightening Wand, it dries to a velvet texture and feels very smooth under my eye. It just adds that little extra pinky cream brightness to what can look a little dark. This isn’t a concealer but an extra step in hiding those pesky dark circles. The only thing thats a little annoying about this product is the doe foot applicator, I wish it had a pump.
Adding a little powder highlighter to my cheeks is a fool proof way of giving the skin an iridescent sheen / glow and I have quite a few products that I love. I managed to narrow it down to 3, the Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’Oro which is a beautiful pigmented peach blush with a gorgeous golden shimmer running through. For those of you that don’t like to wear shimmer this won’t be for you but I like to use this when I have a tan to give my cheeks a flushed look & add a glow to my cheekbones. Its gorgeous but not subtle!
Mac MSF Soft & Gentle this isn’t shimmery but adds a flattering sheen to the skin, its beautiful when the light hits & makes you look like you have had the best Summer Holiday! This is also baked and very finely milled, it never looks powdery or too over done just beautiful on the skin. The Me Me Me Shimmer Stack in Bronze is another gorgeous bronzer & I often use this as eyeshadow too as you get 5 gorgeous shades. This adds a golden bronzed glow to the skin & looks sun kissed and healthy. I like that you can achieve a subtle glow by using the lighter colours or if you prefer to for a little more colour the darker colours add a deeper wash of colour. Very versatile. The packaging is a little bulky but you do get a decent sized mirror which is a big plus.
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow Stick in Golden Pink – this cream eyeshadow is great for those days you don’t want to wear much makeup but want to enhance your tan & make your eyes look bright and pretty. I sweep this all over my lids and just blend out with my finger, its as easy as that. This has great colour pay off, blends really well and has a metallic looking finish . You can add as much or as little colour as you like. Its easy for on the go & lasts all day long, even in the heat it won’t end up sliding off your face!
When it comes to Summer lips I like to wear something subtle and nourishing. My lips tend to really dry out in the sun but I have found the No7 BB-Lips add a subtle wash of colour & sheen to the lips whilst keeping them hydrated. This contains Anti- Oxidants and SPF15 help to prevent UV damage by protecting the lips from the environment and sun. A great lip product to throw in your beach bag.
Let me know what your top Summer Skin products are, I’d love to know if you use any of my favourites.
Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.
3 Jun 2014
I’m not one of those people that needs to buy the latest Mac Collection & don’t often go to their counter, I tend to save my Mac purchases for the airport (not that often) and buy them duty free. The Few Mac eyeshadows I have I love & wear them all often. There is a common neutral theme, but I don’t wear bright shadows so it makes more sense for me to invest in colours I will reach for time and time again. I do like the quality of Mac shadows and with a Primer I find they last all day but they’re not the best quality I have ever tried. So I’m not in a huge rush to own every colour they have, although I do want Cranberry & Mulch.
I have 8 Mac Shadows, I did have Nylon but just didn’t use it enough so I passed it on to a friend. The colours I have are,
A Wish Come True 3g – (ltd edition) This is from the Tartan Tale Colour Collection. This isn’t heavily pigmented but its a very pretty pink shade with a frost finish. I use it mostly in the inner corner of my eye, its brightening and is pretty when the light hits & picks up the subtle silver frost finish.
Amber Lights 1.5g – Oh how I love this shade Its a shade I always recommend to friends. It’s a lovely buttery shadow with great pigmentation. You can use it lightly all over the lid for a really nice light copper tone or build it up to give an intense deep orange / copper colour. This is another frost finish, it has a gorgeous metallic look to it. Its well loved in my collection.
Sweet Heat Extra Dimension Eyeshadow 2g – (ltd edition) This gives such an intense almost wet look on the eyelids, its a is a brown/bronze/taupe colour with a gorgeous metallic finish. This feels like silk and applies so easily with very little blending needed. Its one of the prettiest eyeshadows I own.
Woodwinked 1.5g – This is my most worn shadow & I simply adore it. Mac describe it as a ‘warm antique gold’ shade. I find this colour easy to wear. Its easy to blend & often I wear it on it own all over the lid. It’s my lazy day eye look, which still looks put together. If you don’t already have this shade you should invest as its just gorgeous.
Mac Beluga 1.5g – I was lucky enough to win this at Christmas in Laura Lou’s Xmas giveaway. So it is a little out of my comfort zone in terms of colour (as you can see by my neutral colour addiction). Mac describe Beluga as a ‘dark charcoal with multi-dimensional pearl’ (with a Veluxe finish), I think in some lights it look like they have a green undertone and a gold shimmer. Its very pretty & perfect for a smokey eye. I need to work with it a little more as my smokey eye can often look like I have been punched or just applied far too much makeup.
Satin Taupe 1.5g – This is a staple in my makeup bag as Its a great all over the lid shade or it can be worn with so many other shades. It’s such a versatile colour. It doesn’t look like much in the pot but on the lid the slight silver shimmer gives it a very pretty finish and its such a wearable neutral shade. I think this is a must have shade for any beauty lover. This is a frost finish
Bisque 1.5g- This is the shadow I wear when I’m wearing very little makeup as its a very light beige shade that evens out the colour on my eyelids without it looking like you’re wearing any eyeshadow at all. Its much loved in my collection even though it looks like quite a boring shade in the pan. Its the ultimate neutral and has a matte finish. Not one I’d urge you to run out and buy but I am glad i have it in my collection. Its good as a transition colour too. I think Mac have now discontinued this shade (sad face)
Naked Lunch 1.5g – This is such an easy to wear colour, it gives your eyes a brightness and looks so pretty. Its a light peachy pink with a frosted finish. It also makes a nice inner corner highlight shade as the champagne sheen isn’t too glitzy one thing to note it that It doesn’t wear long on me without a primer. That being said its a popular colour in my collection.
Top – botton – Sweet Heat // Amber Lights // Woodwinked
L-R – Woodwinked // Amber Lights // Sweet Heat
What are your favourite Mac shadows, are there any in your collection you’d recommend?
4 Sep 2012
This Mac Pigment in Naked is one of those products which never gets a mention despite it being one of my most loved product. Its my one and only Mac Pigment and it has lasted me ages and there is so much product left. SO I can see it lasting me a long time.
It’s a lovely pink / beige colour with a hint of shimmer. I wear this as a base mostly, it’s a really soft colour and lends its self well to wear under other colours as it is a real fine powder and you only need a small amount of product. It is also really beautiful on its own. Esp if you want a subtle colour with a hint of shimmer. It makes your eyes look really bright.
This Mac Naked Pigment is so versatile as it also makes a great highlighter for cheeks & under your brows & in the inner corner of your eyes. It reflects the light and gives a lovely highlight. The only downside to these pigments is they are easily knocked over & if you’re not careful you can pick up too much product on your brush. SO just be mindful that you only need a little bit & remember to tap your brush before applying it.
I think I will do this kind of post a couple of times a month as I have a few products I love that get overlooked as my collection grows. Do you feel you do this too? Have you tried any Mac Pigments?
25 Aug 2012
When I go on holiday I try to pick up some Mac items duty-free but this time I only picked up this one eyeshadow. I wanted some of the Heavenly Creatures collection but they only carried a few things from that collection and none of which I wanted so I settled with Amber Lights.
This is a lovely creamy shadow with great pigmentation. You can use it lightly all over the lid for a really nice light copper tone or you can also make it quite intense by using more product to give an intense deep copper colour.
This is a lovely warm toned colour and it fits well into my collection of Mac shadows as I’ve mostly neutral colours as these are the ones I wear the most. I’m so pleased with this colour and have been wearing it a lot. It makes your eyes pop and gives your lids a lovely flash of colour.
Not too much to say about this, other than that its a really lovely colour. It’s a Frost finish – I like this finish it looks nice on and gives a shimmer without having any glitter. It has great staying power after 6 hours the colour was still vibrant. You can pick this up from Mac online for £12 for 1.5g of product. I can’t recommend this enough. Which Mac shadows have you been enjoying – do you have any to recommend?
24 Aug 2012
So today I will be attempting to depot my Mac eyeshadows into a palette which I recently purchased from Katy who has a blog called Rotten Otters’s Thoughts. I don’t have a huge collection of Mac shadows. I’ve been collecting them slowly and really trying to buy colours that I will get a lot of use of & for me that’s always neutral colours.
The colours I have at the moment are
I’m quite nervous to de pot them so was hoping someone has some words of wisdom or advice for me before I jump in and make a complete hash of it. Any tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated. Also if you have any suggestions as so what shadows I need in my collection to fill my palette. I have my eye on Time & Space and All That Glitters.
19 Aug 2012
This is just a quick post to show you what I picked up in Amsterdam. I really tried not to go to OTT & didn’t want to drag the hubby round too many shops. We had a lovely time & celebrated our 13 year anniversary <3
So I picked up a chemists own branded makeup remover (ran out of mine). I popped into Yves Rocher, they have a lovely store there and they were really helpful. I just picked up this Micellar cleansing water. Then i found the nicest Skincare shop called Skin Cosmetics it was heaven, they sell so many luxurious brands and it was a pleasure to browse. I did buy a really nice Aesop Masque and look forward to using that.
I picked up Mac Amber Lights, whata beautiful colour that it. Also a mono Cartice eyeshadow in My First Copperware Party. And a smokey eyes eyeshadow from etos chemist. I look forward to trying all of these.
The first polish by ANNY I thought looked like a good dupe for the Chanel Peridot. I really hope so. I picked up this cute Essence glitter top coat in Circus Confetti. Also this NYC pink / purple glitter polish in Big City Dazzle. Lastly was this bright pink from Douglas which is a makeup & skincare shop the colour is called Lena 03.
Inglot is such a great shop / brand they have amazing choice in colour and products and I have a great time taking my time deciding. The staff in the Amsterdam store were so helpful and gave me tips and really leave you to browse you don’t feel rushed at all. This is a sneek peek of my palette as I want to do a whole post on this as it so pretty. I decided on a Freedom System 12 palette.
I will be reviewing my purchases in more detail over the next few weeks. Have you bought anything from Inglot or any of the other brands I picked up?
16 Aug 2012
I saw Essie Button do a post on ‘Products that have hit pan’ – so I dug mine out and discovered that the’re mostly face powders. There were only 6 products in my collection that have hit pan. This must mean I don’t wear much makeup or I’ve too many products. Hmmmm I wonder which is true.
1. Mac Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NW25 – This is my goto face powder. I use it on top of my foundation to give a little extra coverage and I love the finish it gives.
2. Pixi Eyeshadow Trio in Miranda - (gutted this is almost finished). I don’t think this is even sold anymore. It’s the old style packaging and I love it too. I’ve completely used up the lightest colour and am almost done with the other 2. It’s such a nice trio and I’ve enjoyed it a lot
3. e.l.f Clarifying Pressed Powder in Rosy Beige – This is just an easy alternative to using my Mac powder. I tend to pop this in my bag if I’m going out as I don’t mind if it gets damaged. It’s a nice powder and does the job.
4. Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light to Medium Bisque – This has been a great investment and I’ve gotten a lot of use out of it. I see such a difference in my under eyes when i have this on. It really makes them a lot brighter. I will be very sad when this runs out. I really recommend this if you suffer from dark or discolouration under the eyes.
5. Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealor Kit in Warm Beige – This is an OK product some days I like it and others it annoys me. I think when my under eyes are a little dehydrated then it really settled in the creases & looks bad but when my skin is OK it looks really good. I’m still undecided as to whether I’m going to repurchase. What are your thoughts on it?
6. Benefit 10 bronzing and highlighting duo – I use this so much. It is also the only bronzer / highlighter i take on my hols. It’s an old faithful and it never lets me down. I’ve hit pan on the bronzer side but its only a matter of days until I see pan on the highlighter side too. This looks so lovely on the cheeks. I will be re purchasing this for sure.
What products have you hit pan on?
13 Aug 2012
Last week before I went on my hols I popped in to Mac and I’d only one thing on my list and that was their lipstick in the colour Bombshell. I fell in love with this on a night out a couple of weeks ago, a friend had it on and it looked so pretty. A frosty deep pink colour, I tried it on & was sold. So I went into Mac focused on picking this up. I know if I allow myself to browse in there I’ll be tempted to pick up so much stuff.
This is a really pretty pink shade and is in a Frost finish. I find it to be really moisturising and it feels great on my lips. I have terrible dry lips and some finished really gather in the not so nice dry parts of my lips and doesn’t look very nice. But this lipstick doesn’t do that it sits nicely on my lips and gives them a really bright fresh look.
It has a slight gold sheen / shimmer to it and i like it. It makes your lips look bright and makes the colour pop. The lady in Mac did put a pink gloss over the top but that felt too sticky for me although it looked pretty. I know it would annoy me & I’d have licked it off in no time at all. The lipstick on its own is fine for me.
This is only my second Mac lipstick, I’ve only just recently got into lip colour i used to just be a nude lip / lip balm kinda girl but I’m slowly getting a collection of lipsticks / stains now and I know I will be purchasing some more Mac lipsticks in the future esp these Frost ones. They don’t have the best staying power but I think that’s got more to do with the fact that I lick my lips a lot. I think if you left it alone it would stay a good couple of hours without needing topping up. Do you have any recommendations for must have lipsticks from Mac?
I took this with me to Amsterdam and wore it everyday, its great for a summer pop of colour along with a slightly flushed cheek. I have dark hair & eyes but quite a pale complexion and this colour works well to give me a little glow and colour. I can see it being my go to lipstick as it’s so wearable. I’m very pleased with it and glad my friend had it on our night out. Friends are such enablers when it comes to purchasing products. Like I need any encouragement.
Do you own this colour? How do you find it works for you?
You can purchase Bombshell from Mac online for £14 and you get 3g of product.
1 Aug 2012
I’ve been wearing quite minimal makeup this week as I’ve mostly been in the house or the Post Office. Neither place being very glam or worthy if a full on face of makeup. So i kust threw on quite a simple look. I thought i’d share the limited makeup I’ve been using this week.
The Peep Show Mascara from 17 is so nice. I use 2 coats and my lashes look so long. This has been my bargain go to mascara over the last couple of months. The elf eye primer is also something I use daily its a great price and works really well to keep my eyeshadow on all day. This Rimmel eyeshadow I picked up in the pound shop and is a lovely soft pink colour the shade is called Precious Rose 140 – its subtle and makes your eyes look bright and fresh. I’ve been using the Garnier Eye Roll On a little more, I’ve finally got used to the colour and it seems to work really well on me its great under the eye. I did a blog on it here if you fancy reading it.
Now this Bobbi Brown concealer kit is OK i have the shade warm beige – but i won’t be repurchasing this. I do have the corrector aswell & will repurchase that. But this concealor really sits in my under eye creases and I hate that, It looks awful. I think this is too thick and not the best formula. I LOVE my Mac MSF Natural in the colour medium and use it all the time. Its such a light powder and give your face a lovely finish.
I’ve a love hate relationship with my Mac Satin Finish Foundation. I go through periods when it just doesn’t look good on my skin and them i try it again and love it. Its weird. But I’m wearing it this week and really liking it again. I wear the shade NC25.
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