Sleek Makeup have recently launched 2 eyeshadow palettes, each containing 12 Ultra Matte shades. These Ultra Matte eyeshadows are intensely creamy, highly pigmented colours that are super-blendable. These are mineral-based and are so smooth in texture. They are great for contouring eyes (in the crease) and creating multi-dimensional looks.

Here I have the V2 Darks Ultra Mattes i-Divine - and I utterly love it! I never really thought I'd look good in dark blue eyeshadow until I met Ink!

Ingredients:
Mica, Talc, Kaolin, Magnesium, Stearate Dimethicone, Paraffinum Liquid, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Propylparaben and Methylparaben, +/- [CI77510, CI 77289, CI 77491, ,CI 77492].
Suitable for vegetarians. Not suitable for vegans (I wonder why).



Swatches:



I created two looks; all with MAC Painterly paint pot as base and Maybelline Eye Studio Liner in Black

LOOK 1:


Brow highlight (Pillow Talk), Crease (Paper Bag), Eyelid (Maple), Lower lash line (Ink)

LOOK 2:


Brow highlight (Flesh), Crease (Thunder, Ink), Eyelid (Orbit), Lower lash line (Highness)

This is a wonderful versatile palette and definitely worth a look.

The second palette is V1 Brights which contains brighter more colourful shades in the same creamy Ultra Matte formula.

Retails at £7 per palette (bargain!). 

Available from your local Superdrug or the Sleek Makeup Website.

What do you think? ♥

By the way, I just wanted to let you know that I will be going on a blogging hiatus as I need to concentrate on my final exams. After this last hurdle, I'll finally become a doctor. Please pray for me and wish me luck! :>

And I can't thank you all enough for following my blog. Feel free to read my previous posts. I will see you all in a month! x

Livia xx

Disclaimer: Some products in this post were provided for consideration for review. These are my honest opinions as always!

16/05/2012

New Sleek Makeup Palette | V2 Darks Ultra Mattes i-Divine

 
Last week, I was invited to the M.A.C BAFTA TV Mock-up Suite event held at the luxurious Corinthia Hotel. MAC Cosmetics is the Official Beauty Partner of the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards - 9th year running!, and MAC Senior Artist Cher Webb gave us a ‘camera ready’ beauty masterclass on this year's looks for the red carpet.

Cher created 2 looks for us:

The first look was a day-time glamour with beautiful radiant skin and light peach lips.



She used MAC Face and Body Foundation (one of my favourites) and the new MAC foundation/concealer palettes (coming soon! can't wait!!) to give a very natural-looking flawless base. For the eyesMAC Groundwork paint pot was applied on to the eyelids and lower lash line for some colour. MAC Arena eyeshadow (a shimmery natural peach) was dusted over it and, MAC Pro Longwear eye pencil in Lord It Up (brown) was smudged to the top and bottom lash lines. For the cheeks, a beautiful coral shade, MAC Something Special Cremeblend Blush was buffed high up the apples of the cheeks and MAC Pink Rebel Lustre Drops were added to highlight cheekbones. Lips were filled with Boldly Bare lip pencil and MAC To The Future Pro Longwear Lipcreme (the next product on my wishlist!). The look was finished with MAC Mineralised Skinfinish NaturalFalse Lash Mascara and False lashes.



The second look was the first transitioned into a more sultry chic look with a bold orange lip.


MAC Feline Eye Kohl (now permanent - finally - hurrah!) lined the top and bottom waterlines. MAC Make Your Mark Pro Longwear Eyeshadow was added all over the lids. MAC #3 lashes were added. Lips were lined with MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in What A Blast! and filled with MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in Good To Go (must have shade for summer!).

Some notes:
Peach and orange tones are the trend this year! Both the light peach and bright orange lipsticks are must-haves this summer. I also have my eye on Something Special blush.
The MAC Pro Longwear range (as the name implies) offers a lot of long-wearing products. It's great not having to reapply so much especially during important busy occasions.
MAC To The Future Pro Longwear Lipcreme is soo beautiful, especially in person. It brightens up your face!
The ever-recurring limited edition super-black eye pencil, MAC Feline eye kohl, is now permanent!
Primers are important for a smooth application and longer-lasting makeup.
Natural-looking glowy dewy skin is in and super-flattering. I'll leave matte skin for the colder months.

Here are the new MAC foundation/concealer palettes. I actually don't know when these will be available, but I'm so excited for these! 4 palettes, for light to deep skin tones.

For the event, I opted for a simple smokey eye, glittery eyeliner with peach lips and cheeks.







A rare smiling FOTD photo - I'm actually pretty conscious about my teeth up close, hence the lack of these.



I took these photos when I got back home. I was more 'dewy' so I applied some MAC Blot Powder to decrease the shine. Another amazing MAC product!

 Here are the products I used:

Eyes
MAC Painterly paint pot, MAC Eyeshadows in Vanilla (brow highlight), Ricepaper (lid, lower lash line)
NEW Sleek Makeup Dark Matte Palette (Ink - dark blue, crease)
Etude House Brow Pencil, Maybelline black eye pencil, MAC Avenue fluidline
Soap and Glory Thick and Fast mascara, Kiss False Lashes in KPL03

FACE
Makeup Forever HD Foundation, 17 Hide Away Concealer Stick in Fair
MAC Instant Chic blush, Sleek Makeup Peach Shimmer Highlighter, Benefit Hoola bronzer

LIPS
MAC Jazzed lipstick

Other lovelies in attendance were
FeiSarah, LouiseJenKate
MuhsineZaraSuziKatieFleur

Be sure to follow their blogs! They are fantastic. 

Cher, Our Model, Me

Thank you MAC Cosmetics for inviting me to this wonderful event, and to the lovely Cher Webb hosting this masterclass! 

If you're interested in last year's masterclass, click here!

Livia xx

www.maccosmetics.co.uk

15/05/2012

MAC BAFTA Masterclass 2012 | Red Carpet Glamour

My Instagram from this month's In Style Magazine


MAC Cosmetics and Beth Ditto, American Indie Rock songwriter and singer, have collaborated for a colourful collection. Despite the bright shades, every single product seems wearable (with confidence!) and I'm actually impressed by the colour story and swatches.


Pro Longwear Lipcreme $17(USD)/ $20(CAD)/ £16.50(GBP)
Dear Diary - Bright neon pink
Booyah!!! - Bright orange
You're Perfectly Already - Neutral pale pink
Love Long Distance - Light mauve
Heart Hangover - Deep purple

Lip Pencil $14(USD)/ $16.50(CAD)/ £10.50(GBP)
Nightmoth - Blackened plum (repromote)
Entertain Me - Clearly orange (repromote)
Embrace Me - Vivid pinkish fuchsia (repromote)
In Synch - Bright yellow pink (repromote)

Shade and Smoke Shadow/Liner $22(USD)/ $26(CAD)/ £16.50(GBP)
Beth Mask - Reddish brown bronze liner/ Golden peach pink shadow
Little Miss Moffet - True black liner/ True white shadow
Drag, Strip - Smokey navy liner/ Pale blue shadow
Beth or Glory - Deep brown liner/ Bright blue shadow

Face Powder $38(USD)/ $45(CAD)/ £21.50(GBP)
Powder To The People - Deeply polka dotted powder

Liquidlast Liner $18.50(USD)/ $21.50(CAD)/ £14(GBP)
Point Black - Black (repromote)

Zoom Lash $15(USD)/ $18(CAD)/ £14(GBP)
Plum Reserve - Light violet purple (repromote)
Blue Charge - Deep navy blue (repromote)
New Hue - Blackened burgundy (repromote)

Zoom Fast Black Lash $15(USD)/ $18(CAD)/ £14(GBP)
Black (repromote)

Lash $15(USD)/ $18(CAD)/ £10(GBP) 
7 Lash - Natural length.

Everyday glamourous Nail Lacquer $16(USD)/ $19(CAD)/ £9(GBP)
Vagabondage - Mid-tone lavender
Near Beth Experience - Light yellow
Life and Beth - Milky peach Nocturnelle - Black



The MAC Beth Ditto Collection will be available in the UK from June 2012.

For swatches of the MAC Beth Ditto Collection as well as the MAC Casual Colour Collection, click here.

What do you think? ♥
I personally can't wait for the hot pink pro longwear lipstick!

I also can't believe how close the UK pricing numbers are to the USA and Canada prices for some of the products, when there is a significant difference in exchange rates. MAC UK used to be much more affordable (eg when I started blogging), why the huge UK price increase over the last 3 years?

Livia xx

MAC Beth Ditto Collection Colour Story and Swatches

This Pivoine Délicate Lip Shine in Rose Frémissant is a semi-sheer pale cool-toned pink lipgloss with very fine silver shimmers. It is lightly scented. The Rose Frémissant Lip Shine contains a softening Peony extract  to protect and pamper lips. It has a smooth, non-sticky formula. It comes with a wand applicator and beautiful dainty packaging!





So pretty! I just love that lightly shimmery cool-toned pink sheen. :)

L'occitane Pivoine Delicate Lipstick, Fremissant Lipgloss, Pivoine Delicate Hand Cream

This is limited edition and retails at £11.50 for 8ml. 

Available from your local L'occitane shop or the website.

What do you think? ♥

Livia xx

Disclaimer: Some products in this post were provided for consideration for review. These are my honest opinions as always!

10/05/2012

Lip Swatches: L'Occitane Pivoine Délicate Lip Shine Rose Frémissant Review


 L'occitane Pivoine Délicate Lipstick

This lipstick enhances lips with a delicate pink veil of colour. It is pretty sheer but after a few swipes it gives you that perfect 'My Lips But Better' colour. It has a rich texture, delicately perfumed and enriched with softening Peony extract, to give an instant feeling of comfort and leaves lips feeling light, and smooth.  Dermatologically tested.




Pivoine Délicate Lipstick


L'occitane Pivoine Delicate Lipstick, Fremissant Lipgloss, Pivoine Delicate Hand Cream

This is limited edition and retails at £12.50 for 3.5g. 

Available from your local L'occitane shop or the website.

What do you think? ♥
Personally, I love it!

Livia xx

Disclaimer: Some products in this post were provided for consideration for review. These are my honest opinions as always!

07/05/2012

Lip Swatch: L'Occitane Pivoine Délicate Lipstick Review




The anticipated MAC Hey Sailor collection is now available in the UK. It is this year's summer collection. To be honest, what drew me most into it was the packaging - it's been a while since MAC has come up with collections in special packaging! 

 
But after having a good look at the collection, there are actually a lot of really good items. I've picked up 3, but I'd love to get a 4th. But will see how it goes and whether my self-control will last until that product sells out from the shops!

 
Here is one of the products I picked up. It is MAC blush in Fleet Fast

 
Fleet Fast is described by MAC as a pinky, golden coral. In the pan, it looks like a coral pink, but in swatches, it looks like a lightly burned orange with golden flecks. It has a satin finish. 

 
My swatches on this are very dark to show its buildable intensity, but if lightly applied on the cheeks, it looks so pretty!

Here it is next to MAC Modern Mandarin blush from this year's Tres Cheek blush collection.

 

While they are both bright pigmented colours, they are totally different. Fleet Fast is more pink/pink-toned while Modern Mandarin is more orange with a stronger frosty sheen. I wouldn't call them 'dupes'.

Comparison swatches:

Immortal Flower, Launch Away, Fleet Fast, Modern Mandarin

Available from your local MAC Store or the website.
While stocks last!

What do you think? ♥

Livia xx

04/05/2012

MAC Fleet Fast Blush Review and Swatches - Hey Sailor

The anticipated MAC Hey Sailor collection is now available in the UK. It is this year's summer collection. To be honest, what drew me most into it was the packaging - it's been a while since MAC has come up with collections in special packaging! 


  
But after having a good look at the collection, there are actually a lot of really good items. I've picked up 3, but I'd love to get a 4th. But will see how it goes and whether my self-control will last until that product sells out from the shops!

 
Anyway, here is one of the products I picked up. It is MAC blush in Launch Away

 
Launch Away is described by MAC as a true peach. For me, it looks a little more light slightly-peachy pink than actual 'true peach'. It has a satin finish. 

While it is quite light and pale, I utterly love this on my cheeks. It actually looks a lot like my natural blush! 

Here it is next to MAC Immortal Flower blush from this year's Tres Cheek blush collection.

 
 
While they are both pale colours, Launch Away is more pink-toned while Immortal Flower is more actual light peach. They are very different, and I wouldn't call them 'dupes'.

Comparison swatches:

Immortal Flower, Launch Away, Fleet Fast, Modern Mandarin

Available from your local MAC Store or the website.
While stocks last!

What do you think? ♥

Livia xx

MAC Launch Away Blush Review and Swatches - Hey Sailor

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