La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Tinted BB Cream SPF 50+ and La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Sun Cream SPF 50+
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Tinted BB Cream SPF 50+ and La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Sun Cream SPF 50+ on NC20 Skin
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Tinted BB Cream SPF 50+ and La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Sun Cream SPF 50+ on NC20 Skin (Flash)

When it comes to drugstore skincare, La Roche-Posay remains one of my favourite to-go brands. The winter chill flares up my dry skin especially around my cheeks, leading to a lot of itch and redness. It's time to switch up my usual La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF 50+ to a more moisturising and calming formula, and I choose La Roche-Posay Anthelios Comfort Sun Cream SPF 50+.

I purchased these two products: La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Tinted BB Cream SPF 50+ and La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Sun Cream SPF 50+ (regular untinted). The BB Cream is essentially a tinted moisturiser that only provides a light layer of coverage. I have swatched these on my current winter NC20 skin and pictured under flash photography. As you can see La Roche-Posay Anthelios Comfort Sun Cream SPF 50+ leaves a subtle white cast compared to the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Tinted BB Cream SPF 50+ which avoids it. Unfortunately the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Tinted BB Cream SPF 50+ is not a universal shade. This only works in my paler winter complexion but would be too ashy for anything darker than NC30, which is my colour during the sunnier summer months.

If you have dry irritable skin, I would definitely recommend these. Both instantly soothe and calm irritated beetroot skin and also work well under makeup. This is only lightly fragranced and so this would suit sensitive skin. Both makes provide added protection with SPF 50+ and high shield against UVA & UVB rays to prevent sun damage and premature ageing. You can use either for everyday wear.

I would not recommend these if you have oily skin as the cream formula can make you look greasy - in this case you can try the La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF 50+ instead. The La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Comfort Tinted BB Cream SPF 50+ is a tricky shade that would only seem to fit light-medium skintones. It would be too dark for fair skin and too pale for anyone with medium to dark complexions. I would also avoid La Roche-Posay Anthelios Comfort Sun Cream SPF 50+ when you are expecting flash photography.

Overall I do love these products and I would repurchase should I run out.

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11/12/2017

La Roche-Posay XL Anthelios Comfort Sun Cream SPF 50+ Review

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint, MAC Dance with Me Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, MAC Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick, MAC Russian Red Lipstick, NYX Amsterdam Soft Matte Lip Cream on NC25 skin swatchesFenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint, MAC Dance with Me Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, MAC Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick, MAC Russian Red Lipstick, NYX Amsterdam Soft Matte Lip Cream on NC25 skin swatches
Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint, MAC Dance with Me Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, MAC Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick, MAC Russian Red Lipstick, NYX Amsterdam Soft Matte Lip Cream on NC25 skin swatches
L to R: Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint, MAC Dance with Me Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, MAC Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour, MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick, MAC Russian Red Lipstick, NYX Amsterdam Soft Matte Lip Cream on NC25 skin

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint is a very much well-hyped red lipstick, expertly released during the holiday season. It boasts the perfect red for any skintone, and I must say I do agree it is an amazing flattering colour. The formula is very runny - a little goes a long way. I find that red lipsticks are tricky to apply on their own however, and I would recommend using a matching red lip pencil eg. MAC Cherry Lip Pencil. The liquid formula is a dream - it wears comfortably and it is not drying at all.

I have compared it with my other red lipsticks and here are my thoughts.

  1. MAC Dance With Me Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is darker and applies less evenly. 
  2. MAC Oh Lady Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour is nothing like Stunna at all. It is a lot deeper and more berry in colour. 
  3. MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick applies more matte. It is a little lighter and pinker in colour. 
  4. MAC Russian Red Lipstick is close. It leans a tad more orange. 
  5. NYX Amsterdam Soft Matte Lip Cream is also close, but a little lighter and more orange.

Overall, Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint is nice to have but if you already own MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick, MAC Russian Red Lipstick and NYX Amsterdam Lip Cream, you don't have to rush out and purchase this. If you don't have a single red lipstick in your collection or if you are an avid red lipstick user, this should come in one of your top choices!

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Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint & Other Red Lipsticks

L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin (low light)L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin (low light)

Highlighter an essential makeup product in my kit especially in the evenings where intermittent light provides a beautiful sparkle on top of one's cheekbones. Utterly captivating.

Here are our favourite 5 highlighters guaranteed to give you an instant glow:


  1. NARS Highlighting Blush Powder in Albatross. Whenever I wear this highlighter, I get compliments about how healthy my skin looks. It is a pale gold with a golden frost. Absolutely stunning shade.
  2. MAC Cream Color Base in Pearl. This is perhaps one of the most underrated MAC products in their permanent collection. It is a shiny pale white gold similar to NARS Albatross. This, as the name implies, comes in a cream formula and when applied with the fingertips on to the high points of the face gives you a natural-looking super glow that flatters especially warm-toned skin. It is perfect for your travel makeup bag as it is not as fragile as the breakable powders.
  3. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Moonstone. This is my favourite highlighter from Becca and I used it on my wedding day. It is a pale white gold that is less yellow compared to NARS Albatross and MAC Pearl CCB. It is very shimmery but still suitable for daytime wear. Love.
  4. Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal. This is Moonstone's much more extravagant sister. It leans more beige and applies more metallic. This is stunning especially on medium to deeper skintones.
  5. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle. Another underrated MSF, perhaps overshadowed by the myrad of new collections from MAC. It provides a pale beige sparkle that is ever so slightly paler than Becca Opal. This is an everyday highlighter.

L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin (low light)
L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin 


L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin (low light)
L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin (low light)
L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin (low light)
L to R: NARS Albatross Highlighting Blush, MAC Pearl Cream Colour Base, Becca Moonstone Highlighter, Becca Opal Highlighter, MAC Soft & Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish on NC25 Skin (low light)

I hope this post was useful. Leave a comment below!

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08/12/2017

The 5 Best Highlighters for an Instant Glow

Real Techniques Multitasking Brush Real Techniques Medium Sculpting Brush Review
Real Techniques Mini Multitasking Brush and Real Techniques Mini Medium Sculpting Brush
Real Techniques Multitasking Brush Review
Real Techniques Multitasking Brush - Mini vs Regular Size

Looking for stocking fillers for a beauty addict? Look no further! Here's a quick post on these beautiful minis. The Real Techniques Multitasking Brush is by far one of my favourite brushes. It is soft, made of cruelty-free synthetic fibres and fit my chipmunk cheeks like no other blush brush can. Unfortunately, it was previously only found in kits and not sold separately.

While perusing the makeup aisles in Boots, I squealed when I came across its mini version - the Real Techniques Mini Multitasking Brush. It has a similar-sized brush head but with a travel-sized shorter handle (6cm vs 13cm). I found however that the bristles are not as tightly packed as the regular sized and therefore applies product a bit more 'fluffily' and with less precision, but it still works for its intended purpose.

Of course this mini size is also available for other brushes - I picked up the Real Techniques Mini Medium Sculpting Brush which is excellent for contour, bronzer, and can also triple up for face powder in a pinch. I'm so pleased with these and they have made it to my travel makeup kit. I'm actually eye-ing up the Real Techniques Mini Contour Brush next.

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04/12/2017

Real Techniques Mini Brushes

mac eyeshadow swatches nylon all that glitters sable amber lights satin taupe sable woodwinked bronze antiqued nc25


With so many MAC eyeshadows, its almost next to impossible to choose the perfect one for your Christmas makeup look.

We've pulled out our 9 favourite sparkly shimmery eyeshadows from the range to fill our MAC 9-pan pro eyeshadow palette. Hopefully these swatches help you plan your holiday makeup!

  1. MAC Nylon Eyeshadow is a white gold with icy shimmer in a frost finish. It is perfect on the lid, inner corners of the eyes and under the browbone as a highlight. A stunning shade.
  2. MAC All That Glitters Eyeshadow is a peachy champagne pink with a touch of gold in a Veluxe Pearl finish. It is a perfect safe eyeshadow for neutral-lovers and the colour-shy.
  3. MAC Sable Eyeshadow is a medium-toned pinky-brown eyeshadow in a Frost finish. This works well on the lid or crease for a daytime look.
  4. MAC Amber Lights Eyeshadow is a vibrant orange gold in a frost finish. I love wearing this paired with red lipstick. It is stunning especially on deeper skintones!
  5. MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow is a cool toned purple-tinged taupe with silver shimmer in a Frost finish.
  6. MAC Woodwinked Eyeshadow is one of my favourite eyeshadows of all time. It is a vibrant warm antique gold, in a Veluxe Pearl finish.
  7. MAC Tempting Eyeshadow is a deep yellow-toned coco brown in a Frost finish.
  8. MAC Bronze Eyeshadow is a true bronze with gold shimmer in a frost finish.
  9. MAC Antiqued Eyeshadow is a rich dark cherry bronze with a Veluxe Pearl finish. I love using this on the eyeshadow crease.

From L to R: MAC Eyeshadow Swatches of Nylon, All That Glitters, Amber Lights, Satin Taupe, Sable, Woodwinked, Bronze, Antiqued on NC25 skin

Have you thought about your holiday makeup look yet? Leave a comment below!

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01/12/2017

Top 9 Frosty MAC Eyeshadows For Christmas

Janjira Marine Radiant White Brightening Eye Lift Review
Janjira Marine Radiant White Brightening Eye Lift ReviewJanjira Marine Radiant White Brightening Eye Lift Review

The skin around the eyes are particularly delicate areas prone to dehydration especially if you have dry skin. The fluctuating temperatures during the cold winter season and inadequate fluid intake worsen the situation and so moisturisers to hydrate the eye area are particularly recommended in this time of year.

I've recently been given the opportunity to try Janjira Marine Radiant White Brightening Eye Lift* and I'd like to share my thoughts with you.

The packaging is very simple and instagram-friendly. The metallic applicator becomes quite cold and feels refreshing to smooth around the lower eyelid. The product itself has a whitish serum-like consistency that feels moderately moisturising without feeling sticky, which is a plus as most eye creams tend to feel greasy. A little goes a long way. It is only lightly fragranced so shouldn't be a problem to those sensitive to scents.

After using twice daily for a week, I am yet to notice any permanent brightening effects, however it does seem to temporarily reduce the puffiness around my eyes when applied in the morning. It keeps my eye area moisturised for hours. It also works well under makeup.

Admittedly, eye creams are things I often skip on my beauty routine as I tend to use an overall face moisturiser to also tackle the periorbital area. My favourite facial moisturiser is La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Overnight Care that miraculously hydrates my skin.

Would I purchase it? I think so. Overall I do like Janjira Marine Radiant White Brightening Eye Lift* and would recommend to anyone looking for a specific hydrator for the eye area as it is non-sticky and comfortable to use. Dry skin types and ageing skin may benefit more from this product. As a 'brightening' eye cream, however, I would perhaps look elsewhere for that purpose.

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20/11/2017

Janjira Marine Radiant White Brightening Eye Lift

MAC Boldly Bare Lip Pencil, MAC Fresh Clay Liptensity Lip Pencil, MAC Soar Lip Pencil Swatches NC20 - NC30
MAC Boldly Bare Lip Pencil, MAC Fresh Clay Liptensity Lip Pencil, MAC Soar Lip Pencil Swatches NC20 - NC30MAC Boldly Bare Lip Pencil, MAC Fresh Clay Liptensity Lip Pencil, MAC Soar Lip Pencil Swatches NC20 - NC30
MAC Boldly Bare Lip Pencil, MAC Fresh Clay Liptensity Lip Pencil, MAC Soar Lip Pencil Swatches NC20 - NC30
L to R: MAC Boldly Bare Lip Pencil, MAC Fresh Clay Liptensity Lip Pencil, MAC Soar Lip Pencil Swatches on NC20 skin
MAC Boldly Bare Lip Pencil, MAC Fresh Clay Liptensity Lip Pencil, MAC Soar Lip Pencil Swatches NC20 - NC30

Here's a quick post on these three lip pencils to sport your MLBB - My Lips But Better - looks. They certainly work well on my current winter NC20-25 complexion.

MAC Boldly Bare Lip Pencil
is a matte peachy pink. This is a good match for MAC Kinda Sexy & MAC Hug Me Lipsticks.

MAC Fresh Clay Liptensity Lip Pencil is my first from the liptensity range. It is a peachy pink with a slight sheen. It is only slightly more pink than MAC Boldly Bare. It comes in a retractable form with an incredibly creamy formula. Beware that it can easily break when too much of it is exposed - I have learned my lesson!

MAC Soar Lip Pencil is a matte mid-tone mauve pink that is perfect for everyday wear. This pairs well with MAC Mehr Lipstick and NARS Anna Lipstick.

What is your favourite MLBB lip pencil?

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12/11/2017

MAC Boldly Bare, Fresh Clay & Soar Lip Pencils

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat, Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Clarins Hand Cream, Percy & Reed No Oil Oil, Birchbox Brush Cleaner Review
Birchbox November 2017

In contrast to the somewhat un-exciting Birchbox offerings in the last few months, I was very impressed with this month's offering so much that I decided to write about it.

It came with the usual cardboard drawer box featuring this month's collaboration with Vogue. I think this was a good thing as the product samples provided were mostly from known brands.

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat - Full Size RRP £9

I've been a loyal fan of Seche Vite Dry Fast top coat since I started blogging and have gone through at least 3 of these, that's impressive considering I have never finished a bottle of nail varnish! My latest bottle is on its last coats and I was happily surprised that a full sized version came with this box.

Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream Sample Size - Standard Size is RRP £21

This box came with a handy travel sized version of Clarins Hand and Nail Treatment Cream. This cold winter season is the best time to receive this to keep your hands (feet, body, anywhere else!) soft and supple. I'm a strong advocate for moisturising to prevent premature ageing skin. My skin soaks this up without any greasy residue, and it smells of cherry blossoms too!

Benefit Hoola Bronzer Travel Size - Standard Size is £24.50

This is one of my favourite bronzers and the handy travel size is perfect for short trips.

Percy & Reed Volumising No Oil Oil Sample Size - Standard Size is £14

I admit, despite these years of beauty blogging, I am hopeless when it comes to fancy hair care. My hair routine is simple - grease-fighting shampoo for my oily scalp, air-drying my hair naturally and brushing down with a tangle-teaser. I'm not certain whether I would get much use of this one and I'll probably end up giving it away.

Birchbox Brush Cleaner Review November 2017
Birchbox Brush Cleaner on (Tiny) Size 6 Hands

Birchbox Brush Cleaner £5

I currently use this larger grooved silicone oven glove from Amazon to wash my brushes with, but the Birchbox Brush Cleaner is a lot smaller and therefore perfect for travels to provide a deep-yet-gentle clean. I add a dollop of Dove Liquid Hand Wash with Shea Butter and Warm Vanilla to the mitt and swirl the brush on the brush cleaner until the bristles are clean and leave to air dry. Perfect.

As you can see, subscribing to this month's box is especially good value for money. If there's anything from this post you like, you can purchase a single box at £5 off using this link: Birchbox, no commitment necessary!

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09/11/2017

Birchbox Nov 2017 - Benefit, Clarins, Seche Vite and More

MAC Velvet Teddy, Persistence, Brick Dust, Among the Fireflies, Whirl, Taupe Lipsticks Swatches NC30
MAC Brick Dust Liptensity Lipstick

I've recently added MAC Brick Dust Liptensity Lipstick to my MAC lipstick collection. Would you guess its my first ever Liptensity lipstick? IKR. It is a beautiful long-wearing creamy pinky-brown shade on my NC30 skin.

I've swatched and compared it to my other existing pinky-brown lipsticks below for your viewing pleasure. Hopefully this will help guide your future purchases.

MAC Velvet Teddy, Persistence, Brick Dust, Among the Fireflies, Whirl, Taupe Lipsticks Swatches NC30
MAC Velvet Teddy, Persistence, Brick Dust, Among the Fireflies, Whirl, Taupe Lipsticks Swatches NC30
L to R: MAC Velvet Teddy, Persistence, Brick Dust, Among the Fireflies, Whirl, Taupe Lipsticks on NC30 Skin

Compared to MAC Brick Dust Lipstick:
MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick is lighter.
MAC Persistence Lipstick is warmer.
MAC Among the Fireflies Lipstick is warmer, darker, more sheer and glossy.
MAC Whirl Lipstick is more mauve.
MAC Taupe Lipstick is slightly lighter, warmer and the closest in shade.

You can never have too many pinky-brown lipsticks in my opinion. They are so versatile and useful for everyday wear for that perfect MLBB look.

Do you have any of these lipsticks? Which one do you like best?

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04/11/2017

MAC Brick Dust Lipstick Review and Comparison Swatches

Pixi Maryam Maquillage Strobe & Sculpt Highlight and Contour Palette Review Swatches NC30Pixi Maryam Maquillage Strobe & Sculpt Highlight and Contour Palette Review Swatches NC30
Pixi Maryam Maquillage Strobe & Sculpt Highlight and Contour Palette Review Swatches NC30
Pixi Maryam Maquillage Strobe & Sculpt Highlight and Contour Palette Review & Swatches on NC30

I'm always impressed by Pixi products. This Pixi Maryam Maquillage Strobe & Sculpt Highlight and Contour Palette is no exception. It’s a wonderful palette with 3 contour shades and 3 highlight shades in matte and shimmer textures.

Honey Bunny is a frosty pale gold that works well as a highlight on the cheekbones for light to medium warm complexions.

Caviar Dreams is a frosty peach. It works as a blush on my NC30 skin and will make a wonderful highlight for deeper skin tones.

Baby Chick is pale matte yellow that resembles NC25 skin on the palmar aspect of my forearm. It’s an excellent shade to set undereye concealer.

Queen is a rich matte reddish brown with a soft blendable texture. I can use this as an eyeshadow shade on the crease to provide definition, but I find this too red-toned to contour the cheeks.

Bo$$lady is a cool-toned matte brown that makes an excellent contour shade. The grey tones mimic a natural shadow and I do love this colour. The colour pay-off is excellent. I would recommend a light hand.

Minx is a satin tan shade with a subtle sparkle. It may work as a good contour shade for pale complexions, but it works as a blush on mine.

Overall, I like this palette. The colour I could probably do without is Queen as it is too red as a contour but the other shades work very well, especially Baby Chick and Bo$$lady, which are my favourites.

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01/10/2017

Pixi Maryam Maquillage Strobe & Sculpt Highlight and Contour Palette

Sephora Cream Lip Stain Lipsticks in Copper Blush, Pink Tea, Vintage Rosewood and Frozen Strawberry Swatches
Sephora Cream Lip Stain Lipsticks in Copper Blush, Pink Tea, Vintage Rosewood and Frozen Strawberry

The Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick is by far one of the best matte liquid lipstick formulas and I always manage to purchase a bunch with every visit to California. I love muted shades and here are some of the most wearable ones in the current collection.

23 Copper Blush

Copper Blush is a mid-tone blush pink. I'm not sure where the 'copper' in the name comes from as it doesn't have a hint of it.

40 Pink Tea

Pink Tea is a my-lips-but-better shade. A pale pink that gives the impression of a perfect matte pout. It's a gorgeous everyday shade.

41 Vintage Rosewood

Vintage Rosewood is a mid-tone muted red. It is a beautiful red variant that is easy to wear to work and play.

39 Frozen Strawberry

Frozen Strawberry is a brown shade with a hint of red. I needed an alternative brown to my favourite MAC Taupe Lipstick and this beautiful formula and shade fit the bill.

Sephora Cream Lip Stain Lipsticks in Copper Blush, Pink Tea, Vintage Rosewood and Frozen Strawberry Swatches NC30
Sephora Cream Lip Stain Lipsticks in Copper Blush, Pink Tea, Vintage Rosewood and Frozen Strawberry Swatches

The swatches above are taken just before the colours have completely dried. They all settle into a velvety matte finish within 10 minutes, depending on how thickly these are brushed on the lips.

I'm glad with my latest purchases and no doubt in the future I will add more to my collection. Have you tried the Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipsticks and are they any colours you would recommend?

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13/09/2017

Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick Haul

MAC x Nicki Minaj Collection Lipstick Review SwatchesMAC x Nicki Minaj Collection Lipstick Review SwatchesMAC x Nicki Minaj Collection Lipstick Review Swatches
MAC Among The Fireflies Lipstick, MAC Nicki's Nude Lipstick, MAC Baby's All Right Lipstick Swatches on NC30 Skin
MAC Among The Fireflies Lipstick, MAC Nicki's Nude Lipstick, MAC Baby's All Right Lipstick Swatches on NC30 Skin

The lipstick fiend I am, I was looking forward to the MAC x Nicki Minaj Collection. This collection for autumn is full of muted neutral shades and I’m sure there’s a lipstick out there for every person.

My first observations were from the packaging. The actual individual lipstick boxes have varying colours on the tops reflecting the product inside, as opposed as the all-black boxes they normally come in. This makes it easier to identify the products if you love keeping them in their boxes as I do – lame, I know! These lipsticks all have that wonderful creamy easy-glide emollient feel, from the lustres/cremesheens to the mattes. There is no lip-tugging retro-matte formula here.

After a long swatch-a-thon at the MAC shop, I finally narrowed my purchases to these three shades.

  1. MAC Among The Fireflies Lipstick is a medium brown with a hint of pink. It has a slight sheen, having a cremesheen finish. It looks so pretty on the lips. It makes them look soft and lush. It is very comfortable to wear, lasting a few hours.
  2. MAC Nicki’s Nude Lipstick is a light-medium coral shade with a slight sheen and an Amplified finish. Again it is so soft and creamy. It applies well. The rose-gold packaging is also to die for!
  3. MAC Baby’s All Right Lipstick is a mid-tone mauve with a matte finish. I was tossing between this and the darker MAC Age/Sex/Location Lipstick but I thought this one was prettier on my complexion. I think this will be one of the more popular shades in the collection.


As you can tell, I haven’t gone for any nudes that completely match my skin-tone as I feel I’ve passed that concealer-lips phase. If I needed to reach out for those, my matches would be MAC Freckletone Lipstick (lustre) or MAC Siss Lipstick (Satin) for NC30 skin, which I already have and I am quite happy with.

Are you looking to purchase any products from this MAC collection?

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02/09/2017

MAC X Nicki Minaj Fall 2017 Lipstick Review & Swatches

 MAC Retro Lipstick and MAC Auburn Lip Pencil swatches nc30 skin MAC Retro Lipstick and MAC Auburn Lip Pencil swatches nc30 skin
 MAC Retro Lipstick and MAC Auburn Lip Pencil swatches nc30 skin
 MAC Retro Lipstick and MAC Auburn Lip Pencil  Swatches on NC30 skin

I've been eyeing MAC Retro Lipstick for the longest time, but I waited for the beginning of autumn to choose it as my new fall lippie. With a little swatch-a-thon at the Bournemouth MAC Store, I picked out the perfect lip pencil to accompany this - MAC Auburn Lip Pencil.

MAC Retro Lipstick is a warm terracotta red. It hints brown and sometimes orange, which features can be enhanced with a corresponding lip pencil. It comes in a satin finish that can be drying so I would ensure to prep your lips beforehand. It feathers on the lips, which would be controlled with a matching lip pencil.

MAC Auburn Lip Pencil is a vibrant warm red in a cream finish. It works so well with Retro lipstick above.

This combination makes me feel very 'put together' and at the same time 'without trying too hard'. It works well for work or play. It matches simple or brown smokey eye looks. Patted on to the lips, the lipstick provides a very pretty healthy pout, too.

I think due to the warm undertones, I think this combination would suit warmer skin tones very well. For those with cooler-toned skin, I would suggest trying this out in store, in natural lighting, before committing to a purchase.

Overall I love this lip combo and would repurchase if it runs out - if that ever does happen!

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01/09/2017

The Perfect Pairing - MAC Retro Lipstick and MAC Auburn Lip Pencil

MAC Sugar or Syrup Blush and MAC Spotlight Me Lipstick Review and swatches
MAC Sugar or Syrup Blush and MAC Spotlight Me Lipstick Review and swatches
MAC Sugar or Syrup Blush and MAC Spotlight Me Lipstick Review and  Swatches

As a long-time MAC enthusiast, it is hard to resist a well-packaged collection from MAC. I purchased these two from the MAC Steve J & Yoni P Collection. Here are my thoughts and swatches.

MAC Sugar or Syrup Blush

MAC Sugar or Syrup Blush is a satin pale pinky-peach that would flatter fair and medium skintones as a blush and would make a pretty highlight in darker skintones. It is extremely wearable and would match most lip colours. The packaging is gorgeous also.

MAC Spotlight Me Lipstick

MAC Spotlight Me Lipstick is a light-medium coral with a pretty sheen. It's not the most unique of shades but the texture and colour can be used any time for any occasion. I love it.

Overall I am very pleased with my purchases. You can easily find similar shades in the permanent collection, but if you are as enamoured with the packaging as I am, you can probably find these on eBay!

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25/08/2017

MAC Steve J & Yoni P Collection Picks

Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil Striking Copper & MAC Copperpot Pro Longwear Colour Stick  on NC30 Skin
Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil Striking Copper & MAC Copperpot Pro Longwear Colour Stick on NC30 Skin

With the terrible wet British weather and my fascination for all things rose gold and copper, I've decided to pick up these waterproof liners from my favourite brands MAC and Maybelline to use to brighten up my eye looks especially when I feel a lil bit rubbish. I'd like to share my brief comparisons and reviews with you incase you were thinking of purchasing these for yourself.

Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil Striking Copper

This is a slim eye pencil with a glorious well-gliding formula. It sets in a few minutes but I must admit it is not entirely smudge proof. The shade is a bright copper that is has a bit more red than the MAC alternative above.

MAC Copperpot Pro Longwear Colour Stick

I was a big fan of the ol' paintsticks and this colour stick has a similar formula. It glides less well compared to the Maybelline alternative with a bit of tugging. It is less vibrant and less red compared to Maybelline Striking Copper. It lasts pretty well through the day.

Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil Striking Copper & MAC Copperpot Pro Longwear Colour Stick  on NC30 Skin
Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil Striking Copper & MAC Copperpot Pro Longwear Colour Stick

Overall I do like both and each has its pros and cons. I doubt you would need both as the shades are fairly similar and both last quite well.


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15/08/2017

Waterproof Rose Gold Copper Eyeliners from MAC and Maybelline




How gorgeous was Rihanna in her new movie, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets? Playing a shape-shifting entertainer named Bubble, Rihanna's different looks definitely stole the show for me - so much that I was dying to recreate her look! Check out which products I used below:

Product List

Eyebrows
Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil (no. 6)
Benefit Ka-Brow! (no. 5)

Face
Highlight: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Fair, Pixi By Petra + Aspynovard Glow-y Powder in London Lustre
Bronzer: MAC Enough Said Blush
Blush: Too Faced Love Flush - Justify my Love
Foundation: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation

Eyes
Lid: Sleek MakeUP i-divine Storm Palette - Gathering Storm
Crease: Sleek MakeUP i-divine Storm Palette - Electric Storm, Storm Cloud, Blackout
Eyeliner: Sleek MakeUP i-divine Storm Palette - Blackout
Eyelashes: Kiss no. 11 (Falsies), Maybelline the Rocket Mascara

Lips
Lip Liner: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean
Lip Color: NYX Matte Lip Cream Copenhagen + Transylvannia


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Shannon
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