Here's a quick makeup look I wore last weekend on a trip to Birmingham. I'm a big fan of the Revlon Kissable Balm Lip Stains as they are decently pigmented, quick to apply, feel great on the lips, long-lasting, don't melt in the heat, don't irritate my lips as some higher end lipstick pencils do - Bobbi Brown I'm looking at you! I own quite a few of these lip stains and I felt like wearing red that day.

Face base With MAC mineralize concealer, and MAC Finishing powder. Neutral eyes with Benefit Hoola Bronzer for contour and Sleek Makeup highlighter on eye lids. Benefit Hoola bronzer to contour cheeks, MAC Instant Chic blush and MAC Pearl Cream colour base to highlight. On lips, I used Revlon Kissable Balm Lip Stain in Romantic blotted with tissues for a more matte finish.

What do you think? ♥
Livia | Princess Livia



Quick FOTD with Revlon Kissable Balm Lip Stain

Here's a scrumptious collection heading our way this Autumn. Aptly named the MAC Indulge Collection, this a large collection to feed your beauty appetite. Along with the regular releases of new lipsticks, lipglasses and eyeshadows, there are also new cremeblend blushes and fluidlines in this collection. This Fall collection focuses on reds, plums and bronzes, along emerald and blue hues. This sounds absolutely amazing. How exciting!


MAC Indulge Collection for Autumn 2013

I am a big fan of MAC paint pots because they are generally creamy, easy to blend, have good colour pay off and are long-lasting when alone or when used as eyeshadow bases. MAC Soft Ochre paint pot from the permanent collection is actually my staple eyeshadow base. The Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadows are similar, but I find that the latter tend to dry up more quickly, perhaps because they are not housed in a tight glass jar like these MAC paint pots in. 

This collection features new paint pots, new prolongwear eyeliners, as well as shade extensions to the permanent range of Prolongwear foundations and concealers. MAC Prolongwear concealer is one of my favourites in the market in terms of application, coverage and longevity. Its a must try in my opinion, especially for those with oily skin!


MAC Prolongwear Collection for Autumn 2013

Eyeshadow pigments are beautiful because they more often than not, have amazing colour pay off, however I barely have any of them as I feel they are a bit too messy to apply and run the risk of spillage, especially when on the go and are therefore not very practical... So you could just imagine my excitement learning about the MAC Pressed Pigments collection - pigments packed into eyeshadow pot form!

Pressed Pigment (All frost):
Vanilla Diamond - Warm yellow beige
Sweet Acting - Mid-tone pink (repromote)
Summer Honey - Pastel Coral
Lime Ice - Seafoam Green
Rock Candy - Mid-tone Fuchsia
Pink Pepper - Deep coral with gold pearl
Enlightening - Deep Silver (repromote)
Moth - Mauve with silver pearl
Black Grape - Deep aubergine with multi pearl
Jet Couture - Charcoal Black (repromote)
Damson - Deep brown with gold pearl
Midnight - Vibrant Deep blue

MAC 213 brush
I love neutrals and I am most excited about Moth, Black Grape, and Damson. Their descriptions sound so beautiful and I hope they do deliver! What about you?
All credits for imaging and information go to

Livia xx

MAC Pressed Pigments Collection for Summer 2013

It's actually summer now in the UK, using my definition: temperature greater than 15'C during the day time. Because of this lovely weather, foundation tends to get all melty and my face more unfavourably luminescent (greasy) as the day goes on.

I'm not one to touch up on makeup during the day especially when at work, so these days I've been skipping
 foundation and concealer all together.
On a daily basis at work, I've just been wearing the bare minimum:
Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
Maybelline Smokey Eye Pencil in Chocolate
Etude House Brow Pencil
MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base (Highlighter)
At the beginning I used to feel conscious about letting my natural skin show. I know my skin isn't perfect. I have numerous freckles on my cheeks and my nose is plagued by comedones. My eyebags show (this photo is after my 3rd 12-hour on call night shift this week). But despite all this, now that I've decided to take the plunge, I somehow feel a sense of peace and zen having given my skin a rest and chance to breathe after months and months of daily full face makeup. I feel this plunge is for the brave, but I definitely recommend it!
Have you made any changes to your makeup routine in the summer time?
I don't know how long this 'summer' will last, but I'm loving it!
Livia xx


The Bare Minimum

Release Date: Aug 2013

MAC is launching another lippie collection this summer featuring gorgeous Sheen Supreme lipsticks (some new, some repromotes) and new Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tints. I am intrigued by the new lipglass formula, although it seems a little pricey! I can't wait for this collection to launch. Any of these catch your eye?

Sheen Supreme Lipstick: $17
PrĂȘt-a-pretty - Soft Warm Pink
Gotta Dash! - Pale clean coral (permanent)
Playtime - Bright coral pink
Sweet Grenadine - Bright Orange
Pleasurefruit - Bright Warm Pink
Candy Apple - Mid-tone warm plum

Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tint: $20
Bubble Gum - Soft warm pink
K-Wow - Soft cool pink
Simply Wow - Mid-tone cool mauve
Heart & Seoul - Warm peach
Kiss, Kiss - Cool peach cream
Blushing Berry - Mid-tone cool red
Gwi-Yo-Mi - Mid-tone raspberry
Glorious Intent - Warm Plum

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MAC So Supreme Collection for Summer 2013

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