Wednesday, 11 June 2014

MAC Lipstick Collection

MAC Lipstick Collection

 I bought my first MAC lipstick when I was 17 and since then I have found it difficult not to go nuts and buy every single MAC lipstick that I see on display in the MAC store.  The quality of MAC lipsticks are great for the price and the wide selection and different types of lipstick available ensures that there is a shade and finish that you are bound to fall in love with. 
There are 6 different finishes that MAC lipsticks offer, these are as follows: satin, cremesheen, frost, lustre, glaze, amplified and matte. I personally love all of the matte shades but my collection has a good variety of each of the different finishes. 

From Left to Right: Rebel, Pink Noveau, Craving, Chili, Faux, Kinda Sexy, Brave and Modesty
From Left to Right: Craving, Modesty, Faux, Rebel, Kinda Sexy, Brave, Chili and Pink Noveau

1. MAC Rebel Lipstick 

This lipstick is probably my least used of all my MAC lipsticks (I bought it about 10 months ago - look how much is left). This colour is way way out of my comfort zone. It's bold, deep and rich and only really goes with a certain style of make up that I think is more appropriate for evening wear. Still, it is a beautiful colour that can be mixed with other lipsticks. It's a satin finish which means that it's not completely matte and has a little shine. 

2. Mac Pink Noveau Lipstick 

Pink Noveau is another one of my MAC lipsticks that are completely out of my comfort zone. It's another satin finish and is a bright highly pigmented pink. I wore this a lot when I was on holiday in Portugal as I thought it was somewhat of a holiday colour and looks lovely with a tan. Since then I haven't used it a lot but maybe this summer it will be put to good use. 

3. MAC Kinda Sexy Lipstick

This lipstick is another one of my favourites and I have repurchased this twice now. Its a matte peachy nude colour and it is a nice everyday work kind of colour. As it's a matte finish it can be drying on the lips so I usually put a tiny bit of vaseline on my lips 10-15 mins prior to applying the lipstick. 

4. MAC Modesty Lipstick 

 Modesty is one of the first MAC lipsticks that I ever bought. It is a simple glossy nude colour that is in the cremesheen finish line. It's nice for everyday and goes with most make up looks. Also I think it is a nude that matches most skin tones. This lipstick I have repurchased around 3 or 4 times now and I literally use it everyday! It's simple, a little glossy and long lasting. It's a good browny nude that goes with any make up look. 

5. MAC Chili Lipstick

Chili is one of two red lipsticks that I own. I really love red lipstick on other people but for myself I don't think I pull it off well until I found this one! This has more of a deep orange tone as opposed to being just red and it goes well with a tanned skin tone. It's another bold lipstick of mine that I wear occasionally as I think it only goes with certain looks. If I wear this lipstick I usually wear this as the statement and keep all other make up very minimal as this on its own is a lot. It's a matte finish so I usually exfoliate my lips before wearing this as it can look a bit flaky and patchy.

6.  MAC Faux Lipstick

 This lipstick is my most recent purchase from MAC. Having used Modesty for a long time as my everyday lipstick I was in search of something new and a bit more matte. This is a nice lipstick that gives the effect that I wanted but the colour is a little to pink for me. I'd prefer it to be a little more brown based as cappuccino lips are trending now along with the 90's style.

7. MAC Craving Lipstick

This shade I wore on my 21st birthday. Its bold and slightly purple based with a light glossy finish. I paired it with Berry Lipliner by Mac and also kept the eyes bronze and smoky. I like this colour because it isn't too bold and therefore you can still add colour to the eye make up and wear this lipstick without looking overdone.

8. MAC Brave Lipstick

This lipstick is another favourite of mine that I use regularly. It's a semi-matte colour that has good staying power. I often use it alone or to tone down other bold colours and give an ombre effect. 

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Foundations 101


Foundation is a key part of my make up process. I personally like a full coverage, matte flawless finish look. I don't have problematic skin in relation to Acne etc apart from the monthly hormonal zit that will pop up however I do tend to get quite oily particularly in the T-Zone area, therefore foundations that have a dewy finish are not my friends. Luckily, I have been able to find a number of foundations some high end and some drugstore that have worked and kept my oiliness at bay. To be honest the best foundations that have worked for me have been drugstore which is always a plus especially being a Uni student and funds running low. Colour matches have not always been easy with drugstore products, especially being a tan/olive skin tone however I have not had any significant problems, nothing that a bit of bronzer or lighter powder couldn't fix. Here are a few of my favourites and not so favourites.

1. Loreal True Match Foundation

This foundation is my everyday go-to foundation. It's light but still medium - full coverage (buildable) and matte. My colour is Honey N6 - the colour match is perfect for my skin tone and the formula has an SPF of 17. It has a good amount of product and usually lasts me 2-3 months. It lasts all day and usually when I use it I can only see oil start to seep through in the evening at around 6/7pm having worn it since 7am in the morning.  It can get a bit cakey at times especially if using a heavy powder over the top, I usually use a light translucent powder e.g the Laura Mercier Powder but on the whole it is a great foundation at a great price. Cost £10-12.

2. Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Combination/Oily Skin

This foundation I've been using for a while although having become a little bit tanned in the last week due to the unusual great weather we've been experiencing in the UK it is not a great colour match anymore. The one in the photo is the colour 330 Natural tan and it has an SPF of 15. Nonetheless it is a good foundation that does really last all day. This foundation comes in a variety of skin types, obviously because I'm an oily beast I chose the foundation suited for combination/oily skin however there is a dry/normal skin foundation as well. This foundation really is matte and has very good coverage, it is very easy to blend and a little goes a long way. £8-12

3.Revlon Photoready Foundation 

This foundation is in the colour 008 Golden Beige and has an SPF of 20. I used this foundation for about a week before deciding to not use it ever again. I was very disappointed as many people had recommended this to me and I have consistently been impressed with Revlon products as a drugstore brand. Although a fairly good colour match for my skin, in photos it looked too yellow probably due to the high SPF. It also got quite patch through the day and by lunchtime my t-zone had to be powdered to absorb the excess oil. I definitely would not repurchase this again. Cost: £10-13

4. Maybelline SuperStay 24Hr Foundation

This foundation for a long time was my holy grail drugstore foundation. It's lightweight but still medium-full coverage. It is a little dark for my skin but once blended with my lighter concealer and powder became a perfect match. Despite having an SPF of 19 it photographs well without casting any white shadows or looking yellow. However, having used it for a while now it has started to lose the flawless effect that it once had. I'm not sure if the formulation has changed or if I have just become more oilier than before. I have found that having repurchased it 3 times in the last year the formulation doesn't last as long even though it claims to be 24 hr wear. It usually lasts around 6-7 hours before I start to see oil seep through in the T-Zone area. It's a good work foundation and on the whole I would recommend it. Cost: £10-13

5. MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation 

This foundation is loved by many including me! I tend to use it when going out in the evenings as it gives that flawless matte finish which hides everything! I'm in the colour NC42 Sometimes it can photograph slightly yellow however with the right amount of powder and bronzer it pictures just fine. This is on the pricier side however it lasts for a long time and is super blendable. i would definitley recommend this especially for those who are on the oilier side as it literally soaks up the oil leaving you with a flawless base to apply even cream products. there are only 2 significant issues I would mention, firstly the scent, it smells like plastic which can be offputting as you are putting it on your face and it will be around your nose for a long time however for me the smell did not linger for that long and it was not a real problem for me. Secondly, the packaging is a pain, if you wish to purchase this product make sure you purchase a pump which MAC sells separately (very annoying) as you will struggle to get last bits of product out. On the whole a very good foundation worth the the money and a wide range of colours to choose from. Cost: £18-24

6. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation 
This foundation is for the days where I need to let my skin breathe or I'm just running errands that do not require me to look my best. It's lightweight, blendable and has a wide range of colour matches. It has a nice dewy finish and would be good for days at the beach. On the whole it is a good foundation to keep in your collection for those days where you don't want or need to wear too much. Cost £8-12

7. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

This foundation received a lot of press and was promoted on a large scale in the UK so obviously being the make-up junkie that I am, I simply had to run out and buy it only to be bitterly disappointed. Although it was a good colour match it did not blend well at all and looked cakey when more was applied. It was also quite an oily formula which did not do any good for my oily skin. I used this once and did not use it again. Cost: £6-10

8.MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation

This is a gel based foundation that I use mainly for going out and special occasions as I sometimes feel like it's a bit to heavy for everyday. It's a great foundation that gives full coverage and a flawless finish if blended in well. I usually apply it with a damp beauty blender sponge and have found that this method of application gives a better finish than applying it with a brush. It may seem odd that someone with oily skin gets on well with a gel based foundation but this seems to suck in the oil although I occasionally have to touch up with powder in the t-zone. Also a little goes a long way so this lasts for a quite a while. Cost: £18-25

9. Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation

I saved the best til last! This is my current holy grail foundation! I have been using this foundation for about 6 months now and I can honestly say that it is the best foundation I have used! It's completely matte and lasts ALL day! My colour is in 400 Natural Beige which is a good colour match. Even though the foundation is a matte finish I still tend to use a powder over the top (just a light swish) and this ensures that I do not get oily at all throughout the day. I usually apply it with the Real Techniques Stippling Brush and then buff it in further with the Real Techniques Buffing brush, before going over it with a damp beauty blender sponge. I would definitely recommend this product. Cost: £6-8

Monday, 9 June 2014

Top 5 Mascaras

TOP 5 Mascaras

Mascara is one of my top beauty products. I rarely ever go out without it on as I have short to medium length lashes and although I have dark hair my eyelashes are kind of light and barely visible without mascara on. Over the years I have tried a number of different mascaras from high end to drugstore products and can finally list my top 5 products which are a mix of both high end and drugstore. On a daily basis I tend to use two different mascaras on my lashes because of the different effects different mascaras give. I also tend to put on a final coat of waterproof mascara to hold the curl and protect from weather or tears! ..So here it goes...

1. Loreal False Lash Telescopic in Hypnotic Brown

This mascara can be bought at the drugstore and is around £10 - £12. This is one that I use on a daily basis and it is particularly good for lengthening short lashes. It has a nice sturdy wand that has short bristles which help separate and elongate lashes. Whilst this mascara is good for lengthening it is not the best for volume. I like thick lashes as well as long lashes so I usually use this under another mascara which has a voluminous effect. 

2. MAC Zoom Fast Black Lash

This mascara I first used last year after being recommended it by a MAC make up artist. This is the first MAC mascara I have used and I can honestly say that it is one that I probably will continue to purchase forever. The wand is nice and long and the brush is long as well to ensure that it covers all the lashes. This mascara lengthens and elongates and can be used alone for an everyday makeup look. Another good thing about this mascara is that it dries slightly glossy and jet black. Cost: £15-£18

3. Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Black

This is one of my high end mascaras which I actually got for my birthday. I have never really tried any Lancome products but this is one of my favourite mascaras. The brush is in an upside down teardrop shape and gives the effect of thick fluttery outer lashes and more defined inner lashes. The formulation is quite thick and its buildable without getting too clumpy. Cost: £18 - £22

4. MaxFactor 2000 Calorie Waterproof Mascara Black

This is another drugstore favourite that I have continued to repurchase for a number of years. It is the first waterproof mascara that I have tried and it is amazing. If you curl your lashes with a eyelash curler this is amazing at holding the curl all day. Most other products will tend to be a flop by the end of the day but this holds it as well as giving and nice amount of volume. This is usually my final coat of mascara. Cost: £7 -£10

5. Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara Black

This is an American brand that is quite difficult to get a hold of in the UK, although Mally beauty products are frequently sold and promoted on QVC. This mascara is great for volumizing without getting clumpy. The formulation is thin and buildable with a good sized wand and brush. I usually wear this mascara on a night out over the MAC mascara mentioned above to give a thick false lash effect to my make up look. Cost £18-25.