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MAC’s New Fabulous Felines Collection…

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Long time, no post – as always, i am genuinely sorry! Anyway, with the new season comes the new MAC collection; released in the UK in september, ‘Fabulous Felines’, has three main looks – ‘Palace Pedigreed’ – greyed tones of blues and purples, ‘Leopard Luxe’ – amber and honey and the last, ‘Burmese Beauty’ – green and smokey.

What most excites me most about this collection are the pigments, which are all frosts, making them perfect for highlighting the face when under dull grey skies. I’m also a sucker for multi-use products, and most of the pigments in this collection are usable all-over-face colours.

If you are like me and cannot possibly wait until september, check out MAC’s american site for more product and collection details here.

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MAC- going, going, going gone!

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You might have realised MAC has a going,going, going gone section on their online website which, if you didn’t guess, is a last chance to buy products before they’re discontinued.  Here are a few of my picks…

To the beach collection- A HUGE proportion of the last chance to by section is the ‘To the beach’ Collection and I don’t know about you, but I am for sure not out of the summer mood yet! This collection is great with nice summery colours and cute packaging, what I will be picking up fast are:

To the beach lipstick (Lazy Days) – A light dirty blue pink lustre. This is a sexy pink perfect for pretty much anytime; it WILL NOT be out as soon as autumn comes, it’s wearable for all occasions the beach, the evening. Wherever.

To the beach eye kohl- These thick eyeliner pencils comes in two stunning colours 1.Rosemary & Thyme= a Mid-tone olive gold with shimmer. For green and Hazel eyes this is guarenteed to make your eyes pop wherever you are. 2.Float on By- A dark green turquoise although I would say it was more blue than green, again if you had any eye colour this would look incredible. As nice as these are I do think £12.50 each is a little steep for eyeliner!

To the beach lustre drops-This liquid highlighter comes in two colours and is a really natural looking highlight for use on brows, cheekbones or mix with moisturiser and yo can use them all of your face and body. With these you also only need a tiny bit so it will last pretty well and for £14.50 a bottle compared to strobe cream and liquid it’s pretty good (their £21 each). The first shade is pink rebel – blue pink with gold pearl. More suitable for lighter skin tones whilst the second is sun rush- peachy bronze with gold pearl suitable for darker skin… Although with this shade if mixed with moisturiser this would be a perfect bronze shimmer for light skin too.

To the beach collection also has a few other great products worth looking out for including eyeshadows, some amazing bronzers, blushes, lip pencils (in bright shades) and lipglass (also in bright shades). This collection ranges from £10 to £18 and although I feel alot of this collection is too bright to last for much longer there is some really great things I don’t want to let slip away!

Mineralise blush duo-Light Over Dark Shade 1: Light yellow brown, Shade 2: Dark peach. This was limited edition and for dark skin it’s really flattering with a pretty pearl finish. And if your on the lookout i’d  have a look at this quick because its really rare and not going to be available much longer.

Studio stick spf 15 foundation- This has aways been a popular medium coverage foundation and the stick for makes it perfect for touch ups. Out of 15 original shades they are discontinuing 3 one of which has already gone out of stock. NC20 and NW15 are the two left both are quite yellow mid tone shades so if that sounds like you.. hurry up!.

Paint pot (coral crepe) – By the amount of Coral products in this goodbye section I think its fair to say it’s not staying popular but this paint pot although very coral in name is actually more of a pretty pink and nice base if pink is your thing.

So as you can see theres a lot of products there which I will be purchasing quick and if any sound nice to you check the section out on the mac website. there is a good few other products including lipsticks, eyeshadows,pencils and powder blush.And just so you know this section is regularly updated.

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Why Bother Making Spot Creams??

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Recently, i read Youtube Guru Lauren Luke’s online column for The Guardian, where she recommends ‘tea tree oil’ for treating stubborn spots. I couldn’t see the harm in spending £3.59 on a Holland & Barrett bottle.

At the time (‘the time’ being a week ago) i had a really awful spot that was just begging to be squeezed, so i did (i’ll spare you the gory details :P) and then i rubbed a little of this on before i went to bed. The strong smell is extremely distinctive, but it luckily wears off in the night – also, when applied, it does sting a little, but i like knowing that it’s working…

After applying it for three nights in a row, the spot had gone. No scarring, and no dry skin – i was amazed. I’m also pretty relieved, as i know i won’t be splashing out on any expensive spot treatments soon.

These bottles are available online and instore – click here for more information

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MAC’s New Collection – In The Groove!

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Sorry for the lack of posts for the last couple of days, but i have been busy working 😦

Anyway, last thursday was the launch of ‘In The Groove’, MAC’s newest collection! This collection is based around bold colours combined with boho chic – sounds interesting…

The collection brings about new Mineralize Blushes (Duo), new Mineralize Skinfinishes and many more.

I went to a MAC store today and tried out the entire collection. My picks??

Mineralize Skinfinish in ‘Petticoat’ and ‘By Candlelight’

Mineralize Eyeshadow (Trio) in ‘Togetherness’

Lipstick in ‘Creme d’Nude’ (this is definitely my favourite!)

Mineralize Blush (Duo) in ‘New Vibe’

Feel free to tell us your picks – just comment below…

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Eyeko Free Stuff.

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I thought I’d let you guys in on an exclusive discount code for the ‘Eyeko’ online shop!

The packaging on all products is adorable, and it’s also pretty cheap. They also do a great range of colours and products, and sell a lot of sets containing matching colours and complimentary products.

All you have to do is spend over £10 on this site, and you’ll receive a free gift! Just type in ‘E10108‘ at the checkout point, and the gift will be added to the order.

So why not try – i would recommend the ‘Graffiti Eyeliner Pen’ for ease of liquid eyeliner application (Emma Bunton swears by these!) and the ‘Cream’ which an eye cream, moisturizer and highlighter, and ‘Tinted Cream’ which is also an eye cream and moisturizer, but it gives a bronzed glow (Jemma Kidd recommends this!). Check out the nail polish sets too, as these are great value.

So, give it a go – postage is free!! Check out the official site here.

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Bella Pierre Cosmetics.

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So at The Clothes Show last weekend, i was dying to check out the Bella Pierre stand, as i’ve heard many great things about them.

Bella Pierre is a mineral makeup and skin care brand, who only use 100% natural ingredients in their products. What interested me the most were the ‘Shimmer Powders’, which are multi-use pigments. I say multi-use because you can use them as:

  • Eyeshadow
  • Eyeliner (just mix with water)
  • Face Powder (use for highlight/glow)
  • Lip Colour (just mix with clear lip balm/gloss, or vaseline)
  • Nail Polish (using a clear nail polish, dab the brush into the powder, and watch it transform on your nails)
  • Body Shimmer (mix with moisturizer)

Also, another great feature about these ‘Shimmer Powders’ is that they are incredibly shimmery, but if you use a base, they become matte! These also come in a huge range of colours, and you can buy them individually, in sets of 3, or in sets of 9.

This product is one-of-a-kind, i mean, have you ever heard of anything like this?

So i went ahead and bought a ‘Shimmer 9 Stack’ in ‘Astrid’ which is £60 (but if consider everything you get, it’s pretty good value.). Bella Pierre should be launching in major UK department stores soon, so keep an eye open!

Click here to view the Bella Pierre online shop.

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This Seasons Lips.

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Flicking through pages and pages of magazines, it’s wasn’t quite as apparent as normal as to what colour lipstick we should all be dashing out to buy. From what i could see, these are this seasons trends: nudes, corals and reds & berries. And finding the right product of each can be challenging. I’m dedicating a post to each of the three mentioned trends – this one is for the nudes.

I like wearing nudes in the day, as they exude an effortless, polished look. Magazines and polls show evidence of men preferring a natural look, as opposed to a bright, flamboyant look. So if you, like me, are a fan of nudes this summer, my colour picks are:

MAC stock a huge selection of top quality shades with different finishes, and all colours cost £12.50.

Please Me (Matte) is a muted light pink shade which is less flamboyant than the lady gaga shade (tamara did a post on that – click here) but it’s more than layering foundation on your lips. It’s a summery, pastel tone, and it would look good with colourful, bright eyeshadow.

Fabby (Frost) is mid-tone mauve with gold pearl – it looks more nude than it sounds. This is versatile, but i’d say that it’s sliding towards the evening end of the wearable scale. (to the left)

Kinda Sexy (Matte) is a neutral pinky-rose – it’s similar to the Please Me, but it’s way toned down. This lipstick allows dark eye makeup to dominate the face, and would be suitable for both evening and day. This one is most nude and muted out of the three MAC shades mentioned, and this suits all skintones.

I could talk about so many more MAC shades but i’m going to save you that much reading hassle and list them for you instead: Midimauve, Snob, Piink!, Angel, High Strung, Creme Cup, Pink Plaid, Shy Girl, Faux, Patisserie, Brave, Syrup, Fanfare, Naked Paris, and for darker skin also try: Half n Half, Fast

Play and Creme D’Nude. Enough of MAC…

Ecco Bella I’ve very slightly mentioned before but the products from this brand are very natural and free of everything -they’re made of vegetables waxes, oil and mineral pigment. They do a great range of moisturising lipsticks; my favourite are Napa Grape, Rosewood and Sangria.

Valerie Beverly Hills was created by Valerie Sarnelle, a makeup artist to the stars who has her own

makeup range and I’m a big fan of hers – click on this link to see her using her own products to create a simple, evening look click here. However, her makeup is not cheap; the lipstick she uses in the video is $25 or around £17. My picks? Shades Joy, Brad and Charity.

Cheap Lipstick Picks:

Collection 2000 Make a competent Volume Sensation Lipstick – these are only £2.99. It’s both moisturising and volumising but only lasts for about an hour so you will need to bring it out with you. It comes in 11 shades and right now if you spend only £4 on collection 2000 you get a free gift! All the shades are quite different for different skin colours – Sea Shell is for me.

Lastly (yes you are probably praising the heavens that you’ve managed to read this

much about nude lipstick!) is Max Factor Colour Collections Lipstick. Tamara actually left some of this at my house and being the makeup obsessive I am, I tried it out. I was actually very impressed; it is very soft and moisturising and is better than a lot of ‘high street’ lipsticks. The most natural, flattering shade I think is English Rose. (right top)

I hope out of the 1000’s of products listed here you may be able to find a nude lipstick! But just so you’re all aware, I have pale-ish skin with medium size, light pink lips so although I can make suggestions I can’t be so sure on totally different skin colours and lip colours because I can’t really compare 😀 But hope this helps anyway.

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