Lip Products

MAC Smoked Purple Lipstick

MAC Cosmetics is the one makeup brand that when I see a counter for it, I run straight for the lipsticks and start swatching all of them immediately. I think they are kings/queens (I’m not labelling) of lipstick making. Because of my love for their lipsticks I tend to add one to my collection each and every time I find a MAC counter-which isn’t often as I live in Waterford & the closest counter is up in Dublin City.

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My latest addition to my MAC Lipstick collection is the shade Smoke Purple which is a fairly famous shade as it’s the shade that the singer Lorde uses as her signature colour. I love dark and rich colours on my lips so whenever I’m going to spend 20 euros for a lipstick, I’m going to choose a colour that I will wear quite frequently. Smoked Purple comes in the iconic MAC bullet packaging, like all the other lipsticks they do, and is a member of their retro matte formulated lipsticks.

SAM_3577The colour is simply the most gorgeous deep vampy purple that, even though it’s a retro matte, is very comfortable on the lips and suits most if not all skin-tones. I personally love applying MAC’s Nightmoth lip liner on under it as this colour, because of how dark it is, can be a small bit patchy when applied on the lips just on it’s own. Nightmoth is literally the same colour but in lip liner form.

Please let me know what your favourite MAC Cosmetics lipstick is in the comments so I can add it to my list of lipsticks to pick up 🙂

-Talk Soon xx

Eyes

W7 Makeup Mid Summer Nights Palette

Do you ever get those moments where in a certain brand that typically sells semi okay makeup, you find that hidden gem that is actually an amazing product. This is what’s after happening with me with regards to this palette by W7 Makeup. I’ve always gotten sucked into W7 Makeup’s products because of the amount of hype they get on social media and never have I tried a product from them that I have actually liked until now.

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This is the Naughty Nine Mid Summer Nights palette and if you’re a devotee of MAC Cosmetics then this palette packaging shouldn’t be un-familiar to you. It’s literally a direct copy of the 9 pan palettes that MAC own. That aside, the eyeshadows in this palette are almost as good as the eyeshadows in those MAC ones.

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The palette, very true to it’s name, comes with 9 eyeshadows and they are very much from the berry colour family. They range from almost a soft dusky mauve to an amazing intense cranberry red, with the odd gold and taupe shade thrown in for good measure.

These eyeshadows are buttery soft, blend out seamlessly and have almost little to no fallout whatsoever to them. I particularly like the pigmentation of the shimmer shades more than the mattes but that only because I prefer the colour of those shades.

This palette only costs 4.95 euros, putting that next to the 33.50 euros price tag of the MAC one, I can overlook the copyright details in the packaging.

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Lip Products

M.A.C Russian Red Lipstick

Whenever someone asks me “what’s your favourite lipstick?” my reply will always be MAC Russian Red lipstick. The main reason is because this lipstick is the one that I chose for my big day, my wedding. I think when someone chooses something for their wedding then in their eyes that product or item is perfect for them and that’s exactly how I feel about this lipstick.

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Like 90% of MAC lipsticks it has the very iconic bullet shaped design for it’s outer packaging as it’s lipstick tube. The lipstick itself is one of MAC’s Matte formulated lipsticks and true to the formulation name, this lipstick has not a single bit of a shine to it whatsoever once it’s applied on the lips. In fact it’s so matte that it can be borderline drying on the lips if worn excessively.

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I tend to avoid wearing this on a day to day basis instead reserving it for those special occasions when I want a true red. Also when I do want to wear it, I make sure to exfoliate my lips before hand with a lip scrub like the Primark Beauty: PS..PRO Lip Scrub and then applying a good hydrating lip balm or lip mask. My favourite lip mask is the Nugg Beauty: Lip Mask.

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I think what makes this lipstick so special is the colour of it. It’s the most intense and flawless red shade that seems to falter almost every single skin tone that wears it. I say this is my favourite lipstick but I’m not alone in that statement. This lipstick is a favourite of a lot of makeup artist’s and beauty bloggers also.

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Would you rock this red shade? If not let me know in the comments below what your fav MAC Lipstick is 🙂

-Talk Soon xx

 

Collections, Lip Products

MAC Lip Scrubitous Collection

MAC cosmetics have finally  released Lip Scrubs which personally I think is long over do. For a brand that prides itself on it’s many formulations and finishes within it’s lipstick line, lip scrubs should have been released from the minute they introduced their matte lipstick formulation. They have brought out five in total, varying only in scent and packaging colour.

“A sugar-based exfoliator that gently buffs away dry and flaky skin.”

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Sweet Vanilla
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Fruit of Passion
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Candied Nectar
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Summer Berry
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Sweet Brown Sugar

The collection is called Lip Scrubitous and as far as I know it is part of their permanent range. They retail for 15 euros (16 dollars) a piece and are already available for purchase since January the 12th both instores and online at maccosmetics.com

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Disclaimer: All images used in this post have been acquired via the MAC Cosmetics website and are for illustrative purposes only and not for profit gain. All images remain property of MAC Cosmetics™.

 

Collections

MAC Caitlyn Jenner Collection

MAC Cosmetics have released a new collection and have decided to collaborate with known other than Caitlyn Jenner. Now I’m no expert on the Kardashian/Jenner family so please don’t ask me any questions about them. I’m simply going to be showcasing the collection with prices and images. Enjoy!

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Lipsticks
Prices:
17 dollars/16 euros
Available in three shades

“A lipstick in three hues, including the online exclusive Understanding”

Cremesheen Glass
Price:
21 dollars/20 euros
Available in three shades

“A lip finish that fuses the creamy texture of a lipstick with the high shine of a gloss in three limited edition shades”

Lip Pencil
Price:
17.50 dollars/17 euros
Available in two shades

“A pencil designed for shaping, lining or filling in the lip in two shades.”

Eyeshadow
Price:
16 dollars/15 euros
Available in three shades

“A highly pigmented powder in three limited edition shades that applies evenly and blends well.”

Eyeliner
Price:
17 dollars/ 16 euros
Shade: Teddy

“A liner in intense bronze, Teddy specifically formulated to provide deep, fully opaque coverage.”

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Powder Blush Duo
Price:
29 dollars/ 27.50 euros
Available in two shades

“A powder blush featuring two shades of mid-tone peach and bronze in one pan.”

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Buddy

“A slow-baked powder in a cool brown shade with 77-Mineral Complex that provides a natural, dimensional finish.”

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Compassion

Disclaimer: All images used in this post have been acquired via the MAC cosmetics website and hence remain property of MAC Cosmetics™

 

Face Powders

Jane Iredale PurePressed Mineral Foundation

Powder Foundations are not something I normally feature on my blog simply because I personally prefer liquid. That being said I have used powder foundation before and have really enjoyed using it. The one I used previously was the Bare Minerals Mineral Foundation and so when I got the chance to try out the Jane Iredale’s version I could not say no.

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Jane Iredale’s foundation system works a little bit like MAC cosmetics in that you buy the compact and the foundation pan and simply refill the compact. I have to say that the Jane Iredale compact is one of the most beautiful compacts that I have ever seen. It’s made out of thick sturdy gold-coloured metal and has the letter J embossed on the cover of the lid. Inside the empty compact you’ll find a nice sized mirror and in the area were the pan of foundation would go is the saying “do what you love” making the entire compact so personal and special.

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My shade in the foundation is Light Beige and I find the coverage to be light-medium when applied. For me I use this foundation over the Jane Iredale Dream Tint as that acts like a primer & brighter and allows the foundation to adhere better to my skin. Again like MAC I found layering this over liquid foundation gives that flawless full cover look. The powder has a soft texture to it and is really finely milled so it really doesn’t exaggerate any dry patches or cake on the face.

The powder & compact are available to purchase from the Jane Iredale website which I’ve linked below. Let me know of any powder foundations you’ve tried because since trying this one I’ve been itching to discover more 🙂

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Jane Iredale Website

Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick

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Highlighter

Yellow Concealer!?

Brightening! Glowing! Youthful! Healthy Looking! are all words we hear these days about how we want our complexion to look and I totally agree! Who wouldn’t want to look 10 years younger (unless you’re a 9 year old :P) and to be honest these days it’s pretty easy to achieve the glowing young look that is constantly in demand. There are so many products out on the market from anti-wrinkle creams to concealers with built-in BB creams to illuminating correcters such as the Touche Eclat. Recently a new invention has hit the beauty industry. Now this method of makeup has been used by makeup artists for years but it has only recently been a big thing with what the world calls us normal people. Yellow concealers! Yes, brought to light by the oh so famous Kim-K lion stripped photo (linked here due to copyright reasons). Now I’m not the biggest fan of Kim K but I was intrigued so I went out and purchased the most hyped about cream version of the yellow concealer and that is the Benefit Lemon Aid.

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So Benefit describes their Lemon Aid as a colour correcting eyelid primer. They state that it can:

“Wake up your eyelids with this warm yellow correcting cream. It helps to hide redness and discoloration on your eyelids. In a snap, eyes look refreshed, frisky and ready for fun.”

Confused? I’m not surprised, yes Benefit market the Lemon Aid product as a primer which when I used it as a primer, it caused my eyeshadows to crease. The consistency of this product is basically to thick to be used as a primer on the eyelids. I also found it rather heavy over the eyes. So….I would never call this product a primer! Ever!

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The product comes in a round pot container that has a mirror built in also. Major brownie points because it makes it useful if you want to touch up on the go. Applying this product the exact same way that Kim K did I found that the product over-loaded my face but then I decided that I should apply it as I would a highlighting concealer and it worked like a charm for a while before it creased. To be honest there are a lot of drawbacks with this product and I was on the verge of giving up on it before trying to apply it with a dampened sponge. (I used my Complexion Sponge Dupe)

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I finally worked for me. The only thing is because its  cream after applying it with the sponge I went over it with a patting motion with my ringer finger just to melt it into my skin so more. Would I recommend this product for highlighting? NO! Way to thick and hard to work with it. It’s great for light highlighting but only when applied with a damp sponge. Any other method of application was either to thick or caused it to crease.

I definitely wouldn’t apply it all over the face because then you just end up looking like a disco ball. I also recommend that you apply this product under foundation as over it I found it gave off a pale yellow hue on my complexion. Setting it with my regular translucent powder worked fine. No caking or powdery look at all. To be honest look else wear for those yellow highlighters gals and girls cause this one is a fail in my book. Kim K I think personally uses MAC Strobe pens for highlighting so maybe they work better…?

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