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?
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?
28 Dec 2013
As much as I try to step outside of my comfort zone and try wearing some colourful eyeshadows I just feel a little 80’s. I don’t posses the skills needed to make fun eyeshadows work, they end up looking like a mess. So I always retreat back to my beloved neutral shadows where I am comfortable. I thought I would share with you a few of my favourite Neutral Palettes.
So first up is the Vivo Colour Block Unprotected Palette – This has 12 shades and has a good mix of matte & more shimmery shades. You will need to wear a primer with these shadows for them to last throughout the day. I have worn every shade in this palette but I especially like the 2nd row, that has seen alot of love. This Vivo palette is a bargain and you can pick it up for £3.99 in their online store
Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette $4.99 – This is one amazing palette. The shadows are very pigmented and soft, they are easy to apply and blend. There are no matte shades in this palette but it does have pretty metallic and shimmery colours. You get eight shades in this palette and once again every shade is wearable. I haven’t used the light green as much as the other shades but I have worn them all at some point. The left hand side shades get the most wear & in particular the 2nd shade from the top I wear all over the lid on days I want to wear as little makeup as possible. It’s like a rose gold shade and is very pretty. This is an American Brand, but often you can find it on Amazon or eBay.
Naked 1 Palette – Since my collection has grown this old faithful doesn’t get as much love as it used to. Its such a trusty palette and you can achieve so many looks with it. You get 12 shades and I love all of them apart from Creep, which I never seem to wear. I love Smog & Toasted the most out of the twelve shades. You get two good matte shades a few metallics and some shimmer so a little something for everyone. Now I’ve blogged about it I’m going to use it a little more and fall back in love with it.
BarryM Natural Glow Shadow & Blush Palette £6.49 – This is the newest addition to my palette collection and although it says it has a blush in, the blush is not good at all and I never use it. It is chalky and has very little colour pay off. The shadows on the other hand are nice. You get six eyeshadows and there are two good matte shades. There is a little fallout but nothing you can’t work around. I just wish the blush wasn’t in this palette.
Last up is the MUA Undress Me Too Palette £4 – This has 12 shades in and has been compared to the Naked 2 Palette, I don’t own that palette so can’t say if it holds up as a dupe but I love this palette. The packaging might feel a little cheap and plastic but it is thin and easy to travel with. I have never used the black shade but it is SO pigmented (it scares me). You get some good mattes and a mix of metallic finishes and shimmers. A primer is well worth using as these shadows are not the longest wearing and would benefit from a little help. Everytime I use this palette I can’t believe how little it cost. For £4 everyone should own this palette.
So they’re my 5 most used neutral palettes – I’d love to know if you have any favourites.
30 Aug 2012
As some of you may know I’m a real neutral eyeshadow addict. I’m drawn to them like a moth to a flame. I seem to wear them the most. I rarely go for anything too bright & I think that a lovely brown / warm eyeshadow suits me best. So I won a giveaway a little while back and this Maybelline quad was one of the prizes & I have to tell you its a great quad
I don’t own too many Maybelline products. I’ve a few nail polishes and I’ve tried a couple of their mascaras but it’s not a brand I tend to pick up. I think this quad has persuaded me to give Maybelline a second chance . I’ve found myself reaching for this Coral Drama quad day after day. The shadows are so creamy soft and easy to apply and blend. Before I was sent this I hadn’t seen anything about these quads anywhere & now I discover they have a few different colours available. I will be picking up a few of the other ones too.
I’d describe the shades as a Soft Champagne , Light Gold, Peachy Pink, Copper Brown.
The only downside to this quad is there isn’t a matte shade but apart from that there isn’t a bad thing to say. These have a little shimmer to them and the peachy pink and the copper brown shades are my favourite. They just pop on the eye and they aren’t powdery at all. I’m seriously impressed with this. It is so handy to take with you on the go, its such a compact quad & really versatile.
Have you tried any of these quads? Let me know how you liked them or if there are any other Maybelline products I have been over looking.
27 Aug 2012
Whilst I was in Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago I popped into their Inglot store. I have never been to one of their stores before but I have seen so many reviews and blog posts about their products and in particular about their Freedom System Palettes. Where you get to pick and chose exactly what products and shades to put in your own palette. It’s such a good idea.
So I decided on a 10 pan Freedom System Eyeshaow Palette & I set to work picking my shades whilst my lovely hubby sat and played angry birds to keep himself from falling asleep. If you’ve made your own palette in Inglot then you will know you are so spoilt for choice and it can take a while. That’s me trying to decide & it’s only a tiny part of the shop! Its heaven for a beauty junkie & hell for your man :o)
With this being my first Inglot experience I wanted to make a palette that I’d get a lot of wear from and really use. So for me that meant I had to get more neutral tones as that’s what I seem to wear the most and I was really drawn to all those shades anyway. I tried to get a mixture of matte and more frosty colours and tried to steer myself away from the really glittery ones as I do like them but tend not to actually wear them.
The palettes themselves are really great quality – the lid part is magnetic and very strong you just slide it on and off and the magnets hold it closed. Each eyeshadow pan has 2.7g of shadow which is really great – they have 158 shades to choose from. Inglot have so many options from lovely bright colours to neutrals they offer a real spectrum of colours. It looks really beautiful in the store seeing all the colours laid out.
The colours I decided on are mostly Pearl finish apart from 2 Matte shades.
Top row : 421 – Pearl, 409 – Pearl, 357 – Matte, 405 – Pearl, 407 – Pearl
Bottom row: 423 – Pearl, 452 – Pearl, 344 – Matte, 399 – Pearl, 397 – Pearl
These eyeshadows are so creamy and pigmented they are so nice to work with and Im already planning my next palette. There was one shadow which was sold out and I was gutted as I really wanted it & kept picking it up even tho’ I knew it was out of stock. Crazy how we are drawn to certain shades.
I made the mistake of letting the lady in the shop put my palette together in the shop & then you have NO idea what colours you have. Unless you take out each individual pan to see the number on the bottom — and thats a task which is easier said than done took me ages to get them out.
421, 452, 405 – swatches
They are all so pigmented are pretty and I can’t wait to use them and start creating some lovely looks. Have you tried Inglot. What other products would you recommend from them? I really enjoyed my experience and am really looking forward to going to the store in London. I do wish they colours had names instead of numbers. I think it would be so much easier to remember colours that way. But ho hum
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?
14 Aug 2012
Before I went to Amsterdam I’d made a few purchases that I forgot to blog about. So better late than never right. These are the what I bought.
Where I lived before in Dundee they had the worst selection of MUA products on the planet. Its used to drive me mental. I so wanted to see the full collection and instead had to put up with a few things from their £1 range. This did not go down well with me. So you can imagine my delight upon moving to Manchester & discovering the most well stocked MUA stand I’ve ever seen. I was in product heaven & may of even let out a little squeal of delight when I saw it. So excited when I saw this…….
Ok so after I calmed down I picked up two MUA palettes the Undressed palette and the Heaven and Earth palette for £4 each. Both are amazing. I’m sure most of you own them by now. I’m very late to that party. From MUA I also picked up their Eye Primer which I’ve heard lots of good things about which is £2.50.
BarryM had a deal on their nail polish in Superdrug where it was 2 for £5 i picked up the shades Block Orange 301 and Pink Iridescent 264. I had to pick up the orange shade as it was jut such a POP of colour. The pink iridescent is beautiful too and looks great as a glittery top coat. You can’t really go wrong with a BarryM polish.
I also picked up a Accessorize baked eyeshadow in Golden Brown it’s a lovely copper toned colour with a little golden shimmer. It’s quite pretty. I love baked eyeshadow and blushe. I can’t get enough of them.
Then ast but not least was the DiorShow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum and i put the blame for this purchase upon Estee of Essie Button as i watched her YouTube video and she said how AMAzing it was and how long her lashes looked after using this & I though how good can this be. So I bought it in Selfridges for £23 and OMG its bloody amazing. It makes your lashes look super long and defined. I will be doing a whole blog on this little miracle worker so watch this space.
So that was my pre holiday haul – like I needed to be spending any money prior to going to Amsterdam! But I’m really pleased with all my purchases. Have you tried any of these things?
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