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Having recently hit 500 Bloglovin’ followers (thank you to everyone, I cherish you all) and because it’s almost the freakin’ weekend, I’ve decided to do an impromptu giveaway. One lucky winner will win a MAC lipstick and a MAC eyeshadow of their choice – huzzah!
The giveaway is open to UK readers and closes at midnight on 25th October so get your skates on!
Because I was plagued by a horrible amount of spammy entries last time, actions have been taken. You MUST be following me on Bloglovin’, and I’ll be checking every entry so any fake/suspicious ones will be rejected.
As not to end on a sour note, I’ll leave you with a photo of Chicken. Good Luck!
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Although I live in constant fear of Mr TBL discovering how much I spend on makeup, I thought take I’d the risk for you guys and bring you a MAC haul which happened last week. I went in for a MAC 239 brush and maybe red lipstick but again, succumbed to sales assistant pressure and left with four products.MAC Matte Lipstick Ruby Woo, £15.50
Prior to this haul, I only owned one MAC lipstick (Mehr – you can see it on here) which is also a matte and I quite enjoyed the formula. Already owning a nude, I thought it wise to opt for a red so I went for the infamous Ruby Woo. I wore this out on Friday night along with a lip liner and the staying power was quite frankly, incredible.
MAC Lustre Lipstick Syrup, £15.50
I’m not in need of another pink-nude (see my recent round-up here) but I gave in to the MAC girl’s peer pressure (to be honest it didn’t take much). I’m thinking this looks a bit like Revlon Pink in the Afternoon which you can also see in the link above.
MAC Lip Pencil Cherry, £12.50
I got this to go with Ruby Woo and I must say, this pencil has transformed my red lip. Because it’s an actual pencil rather than one of those wind-up ones and isn’t too soft, it sharpens beautifully giving an exact line.
MAC Brush 239, £21
Seems excessively priced for what is essentially a few strands of goat hair but after giving into the MAC 217 hype and realising it was essential for a smoky eye that wasn’t utter crap, I knew I had to try the equally-hyped 239 – apparently essential for packing on colour to the lid.
How now friends? Today I’m talking about matte brown eyeshadows. WAIT! Before you click off in a fit of boredom and rage, let me fill you in on this seemingly dull product.
Personally, I love me a matte mid-brown eyeshadow and I have no shortage of them but there is also no shortage of uses! I use matte brown eyeshadow on my eyes (obviously), I use it to fill in my eyebrows and if I’m feeling especially bold, I use it to contour. I would be lost and ugly without it.
Depending on which way you’re inclined, there is a matte brown eyeshadow to suit every budget, here are my top picks.
SAVE: The unimaginatively named MUA Shade 19 is a mind boggling £1. ONE POUND. In all honesty, I was expecting this to be utter pants but it wasn’t. I’m not going to claim it’s the most pigmented eyeshadow on our sacred globe but it is one of my favourite things to use to fill in my eyebrows. It’s smooth, easy to work with, isn’t too heavy and the grey-ish tinge is the perfect hairy colour. Buy it, it’s ONE POUND.
SPEND: For mid-range budgets, I’d recommend Maybelline Eyestudio Mono Eyeshadow in Chocolate Chic. I swatched this in Boots and was taken aback by how smooth and buttery it was. At £4.09, it’s pretty pigmented and is the perfect shade for a brown smokey eye. I’ll definitely be picking up more colours.
SPLURGE: I never really hear many people talking about MAC Handwritten (probably because it’s the least exciting thing in the shop) BUT as you can see it’s by far the most pigmented, buttery and smooth of the bunch. It also hangs around on my eyelids longer which is a bonus but at £10 for the refill I would bloody expect so.
Left to right: MUA, Maybelline, MAC
Hello friends! Welcome to my first monthly favourites. Shall we get on with it?
Let’s ‘dive’ straight in with China Glaze Hey Sailor which, I believe came out three years ago as part of the Anchors Away collection. Well I can safely say this sailor missed the boat the first time round and ‘reeled’ it in some time last year. I’d never actually used it until last week; I usually swoop in for the garish neon yellow and the like. Anyway I fancied a bit of red and my Barry M one had taken on an unsavoury blood clot texture and I found Hey Sailor lurking in the back. It applied like a dream, and unlike other China Glaze varnishes I have which chip at, quite frankly, an alarming rate, this DID NOT CHIP. The photo you see below is how much my claws have grown since I painted them (NINE DAYS AGO) and chuffing Nora, there only chips I see are in my fish supper.Next is L’Oreal Super Liner in black. I’d had enough of Rimmel Glam’Eyes dissolving into my corneas a nanosecond after application so I finally decided to branch out. I like this L’Oreal lot, it’s much easier to control and when I inevitably make a mistake, it saves me throwing a wobbly and taking it all off. Act quickly enough and you can wipe off the wonky bits with your finger. Plus it lasts an eternity on the eyes. I literally went for a run with my makeup on, upwind, into heavy rain and this eyeliner was the only thing left on my soaking wet face by the time I got home.I’d been searching high and low for a nude matte lipstick; the right formula and shade are so hard to come by. Nudes are always too peach and give me that stripper look while mattes are hard to pull off – unless you have lips made of butter, they can all too easily look like athlete’s foot on your mouth. Not Mehr by MAC. Shade wise, it is the perfect nude for darker complexions and isn’t too light. Plus its smooth, opaque formula is what creamy dreams are made of.
I’ve been telling anyone who’ll listen about my love affair with Fresh-Faced Purifying Wash from Sanctuary Spa. I’ve been using this daily for a couple of months now and my skin is looking amazing. So amazing in fact that I don’t bother with foundation most days. This might have something to do with the fact that I’ve started actually washing my face with hot water and a flannel rather than relying on the devil’s cleanser that is face wipes. This face wash takes off all my makeup, and I can ever rub it into my eyelashes with minimum discomfort, leaving behind absolutely smashing skin. I’ve never touched a baby’s bottom but now I don’t need to.
I’ve saved the most boring (yet essential) product until last – Bourjois 1 Second Nail Polish Remover. It’s a scientific fact that every time I want to take my nail varnish off, I can’t find the required equipment. Twisting your digit into a damp and spongy hole might seem a little louche, this little pot of joy makes the laborious nail varnish removal process extremely easy to do.So there we have it, my January favourites. Let’s hope February brings even more beauty filled pleasure!
I’m not usually the most au fait with what’s ‘in’ and usually end up using what’s ‘so last season’ but I’ve seen lots of red eye shadows doing the rounds recently and wasn’t sold at first. I’ve seen far too many unfortunate cases of red eye shadow applied in the wrong shade or tone which ends up with the wearer looking like the latest victim of pink-eye (is it true what they say about that?). Occasionally I’d stumble upon a photo of red eye shadow looking great but assumed it wouldn’t suit me. A bit like tartan – all well and good but when I tried it on I looked like I was in fancy dress.
Anyway, I came across this glorious MAC eye shadow in Cranberry on someone’s blog and new I had to meet the little guy in the flesh. So off I toddled to my nearest MAC counter where I tracked it down, swatched it, fell in love and bought it.
You can see that it’s not very red. It’s the nervous girl’s red. Red enough to make you feel a bit adventurous but not so red that you feel like a knob. It’s in MAC’s frost formula which is shimmery and buttery soft, and a dream to apply.
I like to use my finger to apply then blend into the crease with the MAC 217 brush. I also used an angled brush to apply a little Cranberry the outer lower lashes. By sticking to the outer corners of the eyes, I feel like the conjunctivitis look is kept at bay. You can see that it looks quite coppery on my eyes which won’t be the case for fairer skin – I’d imagine it shows up truer. I also didn’t use a primer (I can’t remember why, I’m going to go with laziness and/or being in a rush). Again, with a primer or MAC Paint Pot in Painterly (or similar) Cranberry will show literally, its true colours. Wow – look at those eyelid creases – I really should have laid down some sort of primer.
I’m sure you’ll agree it looks fab with a bit of eyeliner and mascara and a lot more subtle than it first seems.
In regards to longevity, I’ve not had any issues. Seems to last and I haven’t noticed any sort of slipping or sliding.
Apologies, I had use my camera flash for most of these shots as the limited daylight we’re getting at the moment is having adverse effects on my photos and my mental well-being.
MAC Frost Eye Shadow in Cranberry costs £12.50 (£10 for the refill) from MAC online or at MAC counters.