Monday, 8 September 2014

The Mac Palette Tour


Ever since I got into the online beauty community on Youtube, Mac as a brand and their 15 pan eyeshadow palette has always been raved about. The first high-end makeup item I got was a Mac Palette and I came away with 4 eyeshadows. I remember thinking how expensive it was for just 1 eyeshadow but my excitement overtook when my mum said I could choose 4 and she would get them for me - this is where my makeup obsession started!

This palette is my neutrals palette which are the eyeshadows I wear on a daily basis plus 2 new ones I bought in the individual form - I depot them, add a magnet and use the leftover pot as part of the 'back to Mac' to get a new lipstick. This actually works out cheaper as the pot is around £2.50 more than the pan form and lipsticks are around £12. Every little helps!

I take this palette everywhere as I'm a 'do my makeup in the car' last minute gal so excuse the scratched palette - at least you can see I do actually use it ;) The brush in the photos is my trusty MAC 217 which I use for applying, blending, the lot.

Ok, let's get into the eyeshadows: 

Brule: This is a great skintone shade which looks great on the lid as a base or to even out your eyelid. I use this to blend as it's a matte shade with no shimmer.

Phloof!: If you're looking for a strong highlight for the brow then this is right up your street but I prefer to use for the inner corners to bright up my eye area. My tip for applying it the best way is using your ring finger to dab on the product straight from the pan and applying direct to inner corners.

Jest: Along with Satin Taupe, this was the first MAC eyeshadow to enter my palette. It's the perfect shimmery pink without clumpy glitter but with a more metallic sheen to it. On days where I want to wear eyeshadow and not mess it up - this is the shade that you can wash on without much room for mistake. As you can see it is my most loved eyeshadow as it's basically all gone. Another trip to Mac I think!

Shroom: This is a mix between Brule & Phloof! - it's a toned down shimmer without the pinky hue but with a whiter pay off. I use this either all over the lid for a grey & black smokey eye, for the inner corners or a toned down brow highlight.

Retrospeck: In the pan form it gives off a slight yellow/green tint to it but when applied its a very subtle gold with more of a sheen than shimmer. If I'm honest, I haven't got enough wear out of it to know how it looks best on the eyelids but it's on my to do list.

Quarry: That natural crease colour which is one of the only MAC eyeshadow shades I can watch a  tutorial on how to apply and actually nail it! I'll put a base all over the lid so either Jest or Brule and blend a generous amount of Quarry in to the crease and vuala, you have a perfectly natural enhanced crease and brow bone.

Patina: I use this amazing light brown shimmer as an all over the lid colour for an everyday look or as a base before I try a smokey eye look. The colour pay off is great and is similar to Jest in that I can wash it all over (the lid that is haha) and look like I've made more effort than I have.

Woodwinked: One of the most gorgeous shades MAC has. It gives a metallic coppery brown wash which leaves a sheen finish - when I say sheen, I mean the most amazing shimmery colour which sits nicely on the lids and looks amazing. I can't say more about it without using the words gorgeous, amazing & great!

Satin Taupe: As mentioned before, this was one of the first eyeshadows I got from MAC and remains one of my favourites. For an amazing yet natural everyday smokey/brown eye look, I use Jest and then use Satin Taupe in the crease.

Brun: I haven't used this shade that much as it's a very dark brown and I've not mastered the smokey eye yet so this comes in for when I want to do my eyebrows or as a top lash eyeliner. I can smoke it out without putting too much on.

Trax: I've been experimenting with colour recently and this is a nice transition from brown into purple without it being overly noticeable but still making my brown eyes pop. Purple and blue are meant to compliment brown eyes so may look into some blue eyeshadows?

The 2 eyeshadows in pot form are new and haven't been used yet so keep your eyes peeled for my thoughts soon - they are in the shades Shale & All That Glitters.
All of the pan refill eyeshadows are £10 each now along with the 15 pan insert (£2.50) & pro palette which is £14.00.

I have quite a few spaces to still fill, any suggestions?

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo & Conditioner

A few weeks ago I ran out of my shampoo and conditioner and as I had been using this particular one for a while I thought I would try something new. I saw the Bee Strong range from Herbal Essenses so picked up both the shampoo and conditioner. It contains honey & apricot extracts and you can definitely smell the sweet yet natural honey, hence the 'Bee Strong'.

It says it's for damaged hair which for me is only the ends as my hair is quite long. I tend to get greasy at the roots on Day 2 evening when washing my hair so I've found my own technique to getting the best results from this duo. I wash with the shampoo like normal really working it into my hair, rinse then apply a small amount of the conditioner but focusing the product on the ends of my hair. Any product left gets evenly distributed and I then leave it for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

For a supermarket cheaper alternative, I feel like this gives you a luxury wash and condition without the expensive price tag. My hair feels nourished, soft, looks shiny and smells great too.

Have you tried this duo or any others from Herbal Essences? Also, if there is anything you would like me to review or talk about please just message me!

Monday, 18 August 2014

My Favourite Pink/Nude Lip Options

When it comes to lip shades, I like to stay in my comfort zone which basically means nudes and pinks. Sometimes I'll try darker pinks or faint reds but that's it. I do obviously want to get into brighter colours but I wanted to share my favourite nudes/pink lip options that I go to whenever I decide to wear something on the lips. 

From top to bottom:

Mac's Cremesheen Glass in Partial To Pink - £17.50 - this was the first gloss I bought from Mac and it's still one of my go-to pink shades. The formula isn't sticky and gives a good wash of colour without needing a base, not to mention the smell - vanilla plus something else which makes it edible-worthy.

Mac's Frosted Lipstick in Peach Blossom - £15.50 - I never usually go for Frost lipsticks from Mac, I find their cremesheen's are aaamazing but this was another recommendation from Viviannadoesmakeup. After finding it at the lipstick counter, one of the girl's at Mac tried it on me and I loved it - you can wear it on it's own too and looks great. It's gives a perfect hint of pink and again smells lovely.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 02 Apricot Shimmer - £18.00 - if I had to choose out of all of these, this would be number 1. The formulation isn't sticky, it gives a nice wash of shimmer and peachy colour and moisturises the lips all at the same time. I think it even has some SPF in there somewhere! I've only been using this for a few months but I love it.

Elf's Mineral Lipstick in Runway Pink - £5.00 - Elf cosmetics for price and overall quality are really good in my opinion and the mineral range is great. This lipstick is creamy and gives a true to colour wash of the perfect pink. I would like to try a few more of their colours too.

Look Beauty Lipslick in Peaches - £2.50 on sale - When I did my £20 makeup challenge, this was the lip product I chose and since then it's be a staple in my pink options. The formula is glossy, not sticky and gives an opaque pinky peach. For £2.50 it's definitely a bargain pink.

What are your favourite pink/nude lip options? Have you tried any of my favourites?