Sunday, 26 October 2014

Back to Basics M.A.C Essentials

Sometimes the most basic of things make a big difference, such as a brown eyepencil, a neutral toned eyeshadow...see where I'm going with this? Its not the bright pink lipstick you wear once in a blue moon you run out of, its the things you use on the daily basis which deserve the most love. This haul consists of a few staple items I re-purchased from M.A.C, whilst detailing the reasons why I can't go a day (maybe a tad dramatic)without them.

Teddy is a warm toned brown eye pencil which blends like a dream. I use it on those lazy days smudged close to the lash line and blended outwards to open up the eye, followed by some mascara and a warm-toned red lip. The colour itself is true to the photo, and contains the tiniest amount of golden reflects, not enough to notice from a distance, but subtle enough to show if you take a good look up close. Despite the extra reflect it still blends well and is a buildable eye kohl pencil. You can work as quickly or as slowly as you like with this, which is good for those too early morning wakeups, where you still haven't come to terms with the time let alone applying make-up. I really can't live without this pencil and I carry it with me everywhere as by simply adding a dash of this to the eyes, it instantly updates your look. It's simple but effective.
Close up of M.A.C Teddy Eye Kohl.
Teddy eye kohl smudged out two layers, teddy smudged out one layer, teddy swatched, Era eyeshadow swatched. WITH FLASH
 Era eyeshadow is a unsung hero colour, no-one seems to talk about and I have no idea why. Its one of those colours which looks so simple and boring you tend to ignore it when looking at the vast colour range M.A.C has to offer. But once you pick it up and apply it you realise how beautiful it is.  Its a cool toned light brown toned colour which has silver reflects finely milled within it. I use this colour in a multitude of ways, from sweeping it all over the lid, to defining the crease, building up the opacity for smoky defined eyes, or even smudging under the lower lashes. Era is slightly darker than my natural skin-tone which makes it the perfect colour for defining key areas. Its not too-strong a colour by itself, but definitely can be built up for the opacity required in a smokey eye. It was the second eyeshadow colour I ever bought from M.A.C and its the one I've repurchased the most out of the many I own for good reason. If you don't own this colour I'd really recommend you take a look at it, you won't be disappointed!

The M.A.C quads are such a handy way to carry four staple eyeshadows on-the-go, with the new clear front packaging making it quite literally clear to see which colours are contained inside. I have quite a few of these palettes which I swap and change on a regular basis to create the ultimate eyeshadow look to distill the best trends of the season. For such a good price, you can't go wrong with these palettes for storing and transporting your eyeshadows.

Order same as above NO FLASH
Such a great product. You can apply this directly to the face either before you apply your makeup to give a good base to the skin, or after you have completed your makeup, to lock in the look for the hours ahead, or even both. But what I mainly use M.A.C Fix + for is for foiling pigments and eyeshadows. As the holiday seasons are approaching, halloween and christmas I'm talking about you, the pigments in my collection creep their way forwards, begging to be used. I love adding a bit of sparkle and glitter to my looks when we're in the holiday season, I mean who doesnt?! What I do is a spray some of this onto a flat top eyeshadow brush such as a M.A.C 242 (for all over the lid colours) or a M.A.C 239 (more defined smaller brush) before I dip my brush into some pigment I've placed on the back of my hand. I then pack the pigment into the brush making sure there is no loose pigment which can drop over the face before applying the pigment directly to the lids of the eyes. I've found this is the best product for doing this over all the high-street alternatives. Its such a versatile product with endless possibilities which I always grab when I need to fix my make-up.

So that was my purchases from M.A.C of a few essential products I couldn't live without? 
What are your absolute favourite products from M.A.C? 

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Sunday, 28 September 2014

001 / Autumn Outfit of the Day

Despite it being the end of September, today was a surprisingly warm in the UK. I could manage getting away with wearing a crop top and jeans without a wooly cardigan... result. I thought to make the most of the day and take a few pictures showing you all my outfit.

Jeans - Zara £35.00
Check Shirt - New Look £19.99

 Plaid is back in style for fall, so to incorporate the trend into my outfit, I tied my dark plaid shirt around my waist  at the front and let it drape around my lower half. It adds a little extra detail to the outfit plus it saves you carrying your cardigan in your hands, which is really handy....pun intended! I love this colour tartan, in the black watch theme, so when I saw this in newlook I grabbed it and ran to the till. Sizing wise I'd say to size up to get the oversized feel, especially when worn. However I found the arms to be shorter in length in my normal size, so sizing up is definitely the way to go if you're interest in purchasing this shirt.

Nails - £10.75 O.P.I Dulche De Leche
Rings - Forever 21 £4.99 (no longer available) similar here 
 For nails I've kept them nude with my new O.P.I nailpolish in Dulche de Leche(post on this soon). As its just the beginning of Autumn I've decided it's not quite time to crack the bottle of Burgundy polish out, as I'm saving it for the middle of October. With my outfit I wanted the accents on my hands to be the focus, such as the rings. I really love silver jewellery, so I put on as many rings as I could. All of the rings are from Forever 21 except the ring on my left pinky finger which is a midi ring from Topshop. Please excuse my chubby fingers, I can't help it always had them from a young age, thats my fathers fault, not impressed Dad!

 Necklace- Forever 21 £2.00
Earrings - Topshop (no longer available) similar HERE

For my make-up I used my every basic foundation/concealer and brow routine. For foundation I used Urban Decays Naked Skin foundation in 2.0 and then my new Bobbi Brown tinted eye bright under the eyes to hide the pesky under eye area.I then topped this with my Chanel under eye brightener over the top which I use as concealer. I then contoured and highlighted the face with Urban Decay Naked Flushed palette, and finished this off with M.A.C Cream blush in Ladyblush. I groomed and filled in my brows as normal using Omega Eyeshadow and then M.A.C Brow Gel in Quiet Brunette. I made the actual make-up look very autumnal with cool toned brown eyeshadows on the lid and blended into the crease(M.A.C Grain & Omega) with a good coat of thick black mascara(Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara by Kate Moss). For the lips I used Absolutely It lip pencil by M.A.C topped with a mixture of two lipsticks- my go to Chanel colour (the colour name of which had rubbed off, but I'm sure you could find it in previous posts) and Topshops Beatnik. 
This will be explained step-by-step in a future post!

Finally my go-to bag when I'm not rushing around is this small over the shoulder bag which is from Forever 21. I loved this bag, as the leather is so soft and the quality is incredible. Plus I'm a sucker for silver finishing on a bag so I knew as soon as I saw it, it was coming with me. Inside it has two different compartments which can hold your phone and lady things if you need to, aswell as the main compartment, so you could really put everything you need within this one bag. 

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Friday, 26 September 2014

Two Treasures from Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown. An old favourite of mine. After having a productive day re-organizing my makeup collection it came to my attention that my entire makeup collection consisted mainly of brown eyeshadows and red lipsticks- which left little room for any other colours. Due to this glaring information I've taken myself up on a challenge to try and get myself out of my usual rut and to gradually incorporate different colours other than red and brown into my everyday look ready for Autumn and Winter. With this challenge in mind I strolled up to Bobbi Brown and bought two basic items which would ease the transition. I also bought some items from MAC but they will featured in a future post so keep your eyes peeled for that. Expect to see a-lot of autumn related beauty & fashion posts in the near future *cheers*. 


After having a lengthy beauty chat with the lovely Sophie who worked at the Bobbi Brown counter, I walked away with two items pictured above, A Tinted Eye Brightener in Porcelain Peach 6 and a sheer lipstick in Nude Beige. Although in true makeup artist style she used many more products which have been added to the already lengthy make-up list on my phone - my purse isnt very happy! At the counter Sophie re-did my makeup from the beginning and the one product which really made a big difference to my over-all look was the eye-brightener.
Close up of the packaging and the doe-foot applicator.
This product really does what it says on the tube, brightens. The colour of the product itself is about one shade lighter than my natural skin tone. This is what really makes the difference as it visibly brightens the whole under eye area, and takes away the blue tones under my eyes. What I think makes this product really work is the consistency. It has a very light liquid formula, which is comparable to liquid foundation. So you can build this up in small layers under the eyes where needed to get the coverage needed to counter-act the darkness. Also due to it being liquid formula, it has not collected under the eye on prolonged wear which a major bonus for anyone who is on their feet all day! 
The opening of the tube, which wipes any excess product from the applicator. The doe-foot applicator is super soft, which surprised me. I never realised they could be so soft. Sounds weird I know but when compared with my chanel concealer doe foot this applies so effortlessly, which makes a big difference
Close-up of the applicator. The tube the brightener is packaged in allows for just enough product already loaded on the brush so you don't need to re-dip in the tube for each eye- which saves precious time in the mornings! I will do a full-review of this product when it is fully incorporated into my routine for a month so I can give the product a fair trial. But so far I'm impressed and can see myself using this on a everyday basis!

Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Colour in Nude Beige 7 £19.50


The last item I purchased from the Bobbi Brown counter was a sheer lipstick in Nude Beige. I instantly fell in love with this colour. I personally hadn't spotted it whilst I was browsing, but when Sophie plucked it from the stand, I knew I had to take it home with me. It instantly reminded me of the colour Lana Del Rey constantly wears, as it is a true brown-toned pink with a slight pearl sheen.
It applies smoothly whilst having a good coverage, especially for a colour which is marketed as sheer! The one niggle I have with this colour is that it does tend to cling to the dry areas on your lips. Due to this I would recommend exfoliating your lips the day before you intend the wear the lipstick for the best application. I would recommend this colour to everyone as it is so versatile which would match any look. It has been a staple in my handbag since purchase and its such an easy colour to throw on, which you could make no mistakes with especially when you don't have a mirror to hand!Products swatched from left to right.Tinted eye brightener dotted then blended out underneath- Nude Beige Lipstick swatch(one swipe).  
I'm wearing O.P.I nail polish in Dulce de leche if anyone is wondering! Rings from left to right Topshop,Topshop, blue stone ring from Forever 21.

Bobbi Brown can be bought both online and at any Bobbi Brown counter, see the website to find your nearest counter.

So that is it for my visit to Bobbi Brown, short but very sweet!

Do you have any products suggestions from Bobbi Brown, let me know in a comment below I'd love to hear your favourites!

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