Tuesday, February 23, 2016

My MAC Lipstick Collection

This post has been highly requested so I thought I would give it a go. I just want to disclaim that I am in no way bragging and I know I have more than I need. Make-up is a hobby and passion of mine and I love collecting it so please don't judge me! Although taking the photos for this post made me slightly sad as I realised how many of my favourites are running out but that's just an excuse to buy more. I haven't included swatches in this post but feel free to comment if you'd like to see them. Here goes!

So I've separated them into different finishes and tried to take photos that showed the colours. Starting with cremesheen finish, I own;

  • Only You - Part of the recent Ellie Goulding collection. I'm in love with the packaging!
  • Ravishing - Probably my least favourite of them all. It's a bright coral/orange which looks great for the summer but doesn't really suit my skin tone.
  • Peach Blossom
  • Without Your Love - Another one from the Ellie Goulding collection. I just had to get both!
  • Fanfare - My first ever MAC lipstick!

The next finish, I only own one of and that's lustre;
  • Royal Ball - Part of the Disney Cinderella collection. Not my typical colour choice but I couldn't resist the packaging!

My favourite finish of all, matte!;
  • Viva Glam Ariana Grande - My absolute favourite shade of lipstick and Ariana is my queen.
  • Kinda Sexy 
  • Oxblood - Part of the Toledo collection. Really dislike the packaging as it gets so dirty because of the material.
  • Evening Rendezvous - Part of the Magic of the Holiday collection. Love the packaging and the colour. A perfect lipstick!
  • Persistence - One of my newbies and already I wear it everyday.
  • Viva Glam III - Another beautiful berry shade. Can you tell that this is my favourite colour?
  • Velvet Teddy

Lastly is my satin finish collection;
  • Rebel - So close to finishing. Absolutely gutted!
  • Cyber - One of my favourite shades but doesn't seem to apply nicely to my lips. Need to play around with it a little more!
  • Amorous - Another newbie to my collection. A perfect everyday colour which goes with almost any make-up look.
  • Steam Heat - Part of the Wash & Dry collection. Another amazing packaging!

That is it! Searching through the website just shows how many more I really want to get. I better start saving!

Marks and Spencer Sell Make-Up!?

Every year, my Grandad always gets me Marks & Spencer vouchers for Christmas. Of course I am extremely grateful for this gift but I always struggle with what to buy. Last year I brought some PJ's and tights (soooo comfortable!) so I planned to do the same this year. Now, I know that M&S do their own brand of make-up called Autograph but I've tried their products before and didn't really get on with them. This was a few years ago so I'm sure the formulas have developed but I just seem to avoid those products. Anyway, I was on the floor on the with the PJ's and underwear and I spotted a beauty section. I decided to have a look around and I genuinely ended up dancing a little when I saw some of the brands they sold. I couldn't believe it. I spotted; Barry M, Bourjois, Pur, Nails Inc and the most surprising, Stila and Pixi. I quickly put all the stuff back that I had grabbed and ended up spending all of my vouchers on make-up. I'm not even sorry. Here's what I brought;

I went to the Stila counter first and picked up the Eyes are the Window eyeshadow palette in Soul. This palette has a hefty price tag but the colour selection is so pretty. It has a mixture of matte and satin finishes. Super happy with the purchase!

Stila Eyes are the Window Eyeshadow Palette in Soul

I then picked up Stila's One Step Skin Tone Illuminating Serum as I'd seen it all over the internet. As mentioned in a previous post, I never really reach for cream highlighters but the product was too hard to resist. I mean, how cool!? I then went to the Pixi counter and picked up their H2O Skin Tinted Face Gel. I am in love with the Pixi packaging and this product looked great for my holiday this summer. It looks like a really light and thin formula.

Stila One Step Skin Tone Illuminating Serum and Pixi H2O Skin Tinted Face Gel
I then got a Brow Gel from Stila which comes with a double ended brush. Again, I tend to use powders to shape by brows so I thought I would try something new. I also got a Eye Pencil from Pixi in Black/Blue to use on my water line. This colour really seems to make my eyes look bigger and brighter. 

Stila Stay All Day Brow Gel and Brush

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen in Black/Blue
I hope you've enjoyed seeing what I got in M&S! 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Drugstore Make-Up Haul

I went shopping. And we all know that when I go shopping, I can't help but buy make-up. It's such a bad habit to have but I just can't help myself. I thought I would share my findings with you.

The first things I brought are for my face. My favourite foundation is the Rimmel Stay Matte foundation and this Maybelline one looks very similar. I think I have probably got the wrong shade but it should be okay for the summer. I also brought an eye primer from Collection. The formula is so lovely. It's a gel texture and has small specks of shimmer in it. I love this in an eye primer as it means you can wear it alone also.

Collection Illuminating and Reviving Eye Primer + Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation
I also brought a Sleek Highlighting Palette in Solstice which I'm in love with. I've been seeing them all over my Instagram and knew I had to get my hands on one. It seriously lived up to my expectations.

Sleek Highlighter Palette in Solstice

I then grabbed a couple of mascaras as I'm wanting to try a new one and I'd heard lots of things about the new Revlon ones so I picked up the one that seemed to most suit me. I also picked up the new Maybelline one.

Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara + Revlon Ultra Volume Mascara

Next I brought some false eyelashes from Eyelure that are the new 'stick on' ones. They look so simple and easy to use so I can't wait to try them. I also brought a new gel eyeliner from Rimmel in Black which is just one of my everyday products that I needed to replace. Lastly, I brought an eyebrow crayon from Maybelline which I love. It's so easy to apply and allows you to create whatever shape you prefer.

Eyelure Express Lashes in 035 + Rimmel Scandalyes Gel Liner in Black

Maybelline Brow Drama Crayon in Medium Brown
I then obviously had to buy some lipsticks. I got one from Max Factor and one from Rimmel. The Max Factor one is part of the Marilyn Monroe collection which is a beautiful red and the Rimmel one is by Kate Moss.

Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in Nude 43 + Max Factor Lipstick in Marilyn Carbenet 

And that's it! I hope you enjoyed seeing my purchases,

Friday, February 5, 2016

Review - Benefit's Porefessional Matte Rescue

Benefit have done it again. Another new pore minimising product! This time, the product is aimed at people with more oily skin or people who prefer a matte finish when applying make-up. It claims to hydrate the skin and blur pores instantly as well as mattifying shine. 

Benefit include the statistics which say;
  • 92% said it mattifies instantly
  • 92% said skin feels clean and refreshes
  • 89% said it absorbs excess surface oil instantly
Obviously these statistics are super high so I decided to try it out myself.

Benefit Porefessional Matte Rescue - £21.50

So my first impression was good. The only thing that could've stopped me from buying it, is the fact that it is a gel formulation. I tend to use more creamy formulas as I find gel ones sticky and they take more time to absorb into my skin. I decided to get it anyway, as I always like to try new things. 

The great thing with this product is that you can use it alone, as a moisturiser or as a primer, underneath your foundation. It's a lovely product to start your make-up routine with as it is very refreshing and cooling, as stated. 

In regards to mattifying, the everyday shine on my skin, disappeared almost instantly. My preferred skin finish is matte so this product is perfect for me. 

If anybody is looking for a new primer, I highly recommend this product. Not only do you get a lot of product for your money, the formulation is amazing!

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