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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