MAC LIPSTICK BRAVE AND LIP LINER SOAR: REVIEW AND PICTURES

MAC Brave and Soar

Apparently this lip combo is very popular thanks to Kylie Jenner but that’s not why I purchased these two, I bought them because of the Pippa affect. When I saw a picture of Pippa O’Connor on Instagram wearing MAC Brave I fell in love with the colour of the lipstick. In the comments she said she had wanted the lip liner Soar but had to get Edge to Edge because Soar was sold out thanks to Kylie Jenner. However when I went to buy Edge to Edge it was sold out probably because of that picture of Pippa so I got Soar.

MAC Brave Lipstick
Brave is a Satin lipstick, described on the MAC website as “Pink-beige with White Pearl”, if I had read that without seeing a picture of it, I probably wouldn’t have bought it. White pearl sounds like 80s frost to me but luckily its nothing like that; the white pearl gives more of a slight pearlescent shine to it. I would also say the colour is more of a medium mauve toned pink, making it a lovely option for day or night for me. Ironically I’m not very brave with my lipstick colour choices, so this colour is right up my street. Brave is a typical MAC lipstick, I get about three-ish hours of wear if I’m not eating or drinking. It’s comfortable enough, maybe slightly drying like the other MAC satin lipsticks I have tried, but its fine with a balm underneath. Let’s face it, MAC lipsticks aren’t the best lipsticks ever, but we love them all the same. Why, I have no idea, probably just because they are MAC.

MAC Brave and Soar
The only other lip liner from MAC that I have tried is Subculture; in comparison Soar is softer and creamier. The colour is richly pigmented and glides on easily. It lasts fairly well; on a night out I didn’t feel like I needed to keep reapplying the liner, reapplying the lipstick was enough. Described on the MAC website as a “Mid-tone Pinkish Brown”, it’s a good neutral shade that would work with most “nude” lipstick shades and is perfect with Brave.
So here are the pictures (top left – before)

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Have you tried Brave or Soar? What is your favourite lipstick and liner combination?

FACE OF THE DAY

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It feels like it’s been a long time since I did a face of the day post and since I’ve made some changes in the products I use regularly I figured now is a good time to do an update. Since I’m doing this the day after a night out, I am trying to reduce the appearance of blotchiness and discolouration without packing on loads of slap. Here are the products used:
FACE:

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Max Factor Colour Correctors, yellow for under the eyes and green for redness on the tops of my cheeks and sides of my nose.
Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid Foundation
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural, setting powder
Isa Dora Face Sculptor in Warm Peach, contour, blush and highlight
MAC Omega eye shadow to fill in brows

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EYES:
Kiko Long Lasting Shadow Stick in Taupe as eye lid primer
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette (1. crease, 2. lid, 3. outer corner, 4 over liner and 5. inner corner)
Kiko Sport Proof Liner in Taupe
Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

Max Factor Colour Elixir in Luxurious Berry

 

LIPS:
Max Factor Colour Elixir Gloss in Luxurious Berry

Do you use any of these products?

FESTIVE AND SPARKLY GOLD EYE LOOK

Christmas party season is in full swing and what better time to pack on the sparkle. Today’s eye look is gold and bit sparkly but sparkly in a grown up way. I don’t think it’s too over the top and it’s a look anyone can wear without looking like a disco ball. Gold eye shadow is a colour that suites all eye colours and will make the colour of your eyes really stand out.
Products used:

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Kiko Longlasting Shadow Stick in Golden Beige
Lancôme Fil D’ Or Eye Shadow single
MAC Glimmer of Gold Quad (I used the dark gold and the lightest shade)
MAC Gilt by Association Mineralise Eye Shadow
Benefit They’re Real Mascara

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First I used Kiko Golden Beige as a primer base all over lid and crease
Then I packed Fil D’Or all over the lid and into the crease, I also wet the tip of a MAC 219 brush and dipped it into the corner of the Fil D’ Or and lined my waterline with it.
Next I blended the dark gold from the MAC Glimmer of Gold quad into the crease
I then dipped the cleaned MAC 219 brush into MAC Gilt by Association and applied it to the crease and outer corner. I also lined my upper and lower lash lines with it.
I used the lightest shade in the MAC quad for an inner corner and under brow highlight.
Finally, I finished it all off with Benefit They’re Real Mascara.

I have kept this look soft by using the Gilt by Association to line my eyes. You could up the glamour factor with some false lashes and lining the top lashes with a liquid liner. You could also use a pencil on the lower lash line for more intense definition.

What’s your go to Christmas party eye look? Do you wear gold eye shadow?

MAC SATIN LIPSTICK CAPTIVE: REVIEW AND PICTURES

MAC Captive

Is there anything better than handing over six empty makeup packages and getting a shiny new lipstick for free? I wish other brands would do the same but I guess that’s part of the reason why a MAC counter on a Saturday is like the Hunger Games. My latest back to MAC lipstick is Captive.

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There is a lot of love out there for matte lip products. I, myself prefer a bit of a glossy or shiny finish. I always feared that a matte lippy would be hard to wear. Your lips need to be in perfect condition, which is easier said than done in winter. In an attempt to ease myself into the matte lipstick frame of mind, I decided to try a satin finish as a baby step. The satin finish is not matte but its closer to matte than I am used to, there is still a bit of a subtle shine but it’s definitely not glossy.

MAC Captive

While looking at the rows and rows of colours on the MAC stand, for some reason Captive caught my eye. I’m all about peaches and corals during summer but I prefer shades of plum and berry in the winter. Under the bright makeup counter lights it looked like a soft easy to wear plum. Now that I have it home it’s a bit darker than I first thought but it’s still a wearable shade for me. The MAC website describes it as a pinkish-plum; I would say more of a berry plum, not really pinkish. Wear time with this is much the same as all MAC regular line lipsticks. You get a few hours if you don’t eat or drink. It leaves a bit of a stain so no need to reapply too often. It feels comfortable on the lips but not as moisturising as a Lustre or Cremesheen finish but it’s not too drying either. So here are the pictures:

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Do you have Captive? What is your favourite MAC lipstick? And are you a fan of matte lip products?

EMPTIES: THE QUESTION OF REPURCHASING

I have never done an empties post before, if its empty it goes in the bin. I don’t usually see the point in showing you a bunch of empty packages. However, I noticed that I have quite a few products right now that are either empty or really close to it. Since there are quite a few things on the last dregs at the same time, the question of whether or not to repurchase needs serious consideration. When you start using a products at first it’s all new and exciting and you wonder how you ever lived without this product and you will totally repurchase it over and over, however as time wears on and new similar products are released it ends up moving down deeper into the stash and by the time you actually finish it you could end up being a bit meh about it, maybe preferring to try new replacements. Then again some new products become firm favourites and you use them every day and end up repurchasing them over and over. So on to my empties:

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First up is the Bobbi Brown Colour Corrector in Light Bisque. I have had this for ages despite the fact that I use it nearly every day. The thing is I don’t see any difference when I apply it over my dark lines under my eyes. Used under concealer those dark lines don’t show up in pictures and do appear concealed but I think the concealer alone gives much the same result. It is a lovely creamy formula that feels nice on the delicate under eye skin though. If I was to repurchase this I would try a different shade and get the sales assistant to apply it on me before I buy to make sure, but I’m in no rush, the Max Factor Colour Corrector pencil will be its replacement for now.

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Next are two concealers; Nars Radiant Creamy concealer and Collection Lasting Perfection. I have been switching back and forth between them in an effort to make the Nars one last longer but what has ended up happening is that I am failing to see how the Nars at €27 is any better than the Collection one, which is a fiver. I have already repurchased a replacement Collection Lasting Perfection and the package seems to have been sexed up a bit so I hope the formula inside is the same. As for the Nars, maybe when I feel the need for a luxury purchase but for now I am happy with the Collection one. Before the Nars is completely gone I will do a post comparing the two and take pictures of before, after and at the end of the day to see if maybe it is worth €22 more.

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Now on to two Foundations: MAC Mineralise Satinfinish and Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour. The MAC looks great when just applied but gets shiny on my oily skin as the day goes on so I won’t be picking this up again. I love the Lancôme but I have been using it for ages now and feel like a change but just don’t know what to try next.

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MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural Powder, I have already repurchased this. It’s one of the items that I buy over and over again, I wouldn’t be without it. I still want the Make Up Forever Super Matte Loose Powder but I will always have a MAC Mineralise Skinfinish on hand.

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MAC Paint Pot in Painterly, which I use as an eyelid primer. I will pick up another one of these as it’s the best primer for my oily lids but I’m in no rush because I have been using the Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows as primers and they are working really well. As for the MAC Omega Eyeshadow, that is what I use to fill in my brows. It’s the perfect ash shade for me so I will be picking up a new one stat.

What products are on your repurchase list? What doesn’t make the cut?

MAC MINERALISE EYESHADOW GILT BY ASSOCIATION: REVIEW AND PICTURES

MAC Gilt by Association

I almost forgot that I didn’t do a proper review of this, I only teased with a quick glimpse of it in my duty free haul post. Hopefully the photos below will satisfy your curiosity. If you have been reading my blog for a while now you will probably know that I don’t really like black eye makeup on me, I find it a bit too harsh for my complexion. In fact I don’t really wear that much black clothing either. For my eyes I prefer shades of brown or purple, which really brings out the green of my eyes. So you are probably wondering why I bought MAC Gilt by Association then, well because one, I love MAC Mineralise Eye Shadows and this one is totally different from any of the others I already have and two, I figured the gold through it would make it less harsh.

MAC Gilt by Association

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MAC Gilt by Association is more matte than my other MAC mineralise eye shadows. It is everything you would expect from a MAC shadow; its pigmented, buildable, creamy and buttery, easy to blend and long lasting. There is little to no fall out and I like to pack it on for a full on pigmented wash of colour. For a night out this shadow and some mascara is all you need for your eyes. The gold does indeed tone down the harshness of the black and adds a bit of shine to the matte of the black. I like to run my brush over the whole shadow and pack the colour on the entire lid and crease, and then I dip the tip of my brush in the gold and go back over the lid with the gold. I also use the black and gold swirled together to line my eyes. There ends up being a hint of dark olive to it. The mascara I used below is Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara but I prefer it with Lancôme Grandiose. So here are the pictures.

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Have you tried any MAC mineralise eye shadows, which is your favourite?

TOP TEN TAG: TEN OF MY FAVOURITES

I was tagged to do this top ten post by everyday unicorn. I had mixed feelings about it because I love seeing other bloggers’ top picks but I find it hard to pick favourites. With so many products to try and new ones hitting the shelves every day, I tend to have a new favourite until something better comes along and then that becomes my new favourite. There are however a few products that I keep repurchasing either because I think they are the best products for me or because I have some sentimental affection for them. So here they are:
Foundation:

Lancome
I loved MAC Studio Fix for ages until there was a load of hype when Lancôme released Teint Idole Ultra 24 Hour and I had to try it. It was instant love. Teint Idole Ultra is bullet proof, its lasts and lasts. It works well for my combo oily skin. It keeps my skin looking naturally matte without being cakey or heavy.
Concealer:

NARS Creamy Radian Concealer
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer is my pick here. I am still on my first tube of this but I know I will be repurchasing this over and over. It conceals the dark lines under my eyes and brightens the area. It lasts all day without getting creepy and settling in my fine lines. It’s pricey but a little goes a long way so a tube will last a long time.
Powder:

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This is a no brainer, MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural. I have this in light for everyday and in medium for when I am wearing tan. I have repurchased this so many times. I use it mostly as a finishing or setting powder to keep foundation in place and stop oily shine. It can also be used on its own as a mineral powder foundation.
Blush:

MAC Peaches
I have a strong affection for MAC Peaches. It was my first MAC blush and it was the first blush that I tried that made me instantly feel prettier. It’s just perfect for my colouring; it really brightens and lifts my complexion. MAC powder blushes are great quality and they last all day without needing touch-ups.
Bronzer:

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Again it’s MAC Mineralise Skinfinish Natural but this time it’s the shade medium deep. There is no shimmer so it’s perfect for contouring and it can also be used as an all over bronzer if I get a spray tan.
Highlighter:

MAC Phloof
This is a tough one. I use highlighter in a C shape from under my outer brow bone to the top of the outer cheek bone everyday but I generally just use a light shade pearlescent eye shadow. MAC Phloof tends to be the one I use most often.
Mascara:

Lancome Grandiose Mascara
This is a new favourite but I have always been a fan of Lancôme mascaras so it no surprise that the new Lancôme Grandiose is becoming a firm favourite.
Eyeshadow:

MAC Satin Taupe
If I had to pick a favourite eyeshadow it would be MAC Satin Taupe. It’s a brilliant shade that can be used in so many looks but is also great all on its own. A sheer sweep across the lid is perfect for day time but you can also pack it on for a glam night look.
Brows:

MAC Omega
I always fill my brows in with MAC Omega eyeshadow. It’s the perfect ash tone for me and I think a powder shadow looks more natural on me than liquid or pencil formulas.
Lip Products:

Clinique Chubby Stick
Clinique Chubby Stick in Curvy Candy is my go to lip product of choice. I love the colour, its perfect for day and night. The Chubby Stick formula is quick and easy to apply or reapply and they are nice and hydrating on the lips.
So there you have it, I know it’s MAC heavy and all premium brands but I like to apply makeup in the morning and not have to do any touch-ups throughout the day. For some reason my handbag is heavy enough so I don’t want to add extra weight with a makeup bag in there as well; the only makeup in my handbag is the Chubby Stick and a Max Factor Colour Elixir gloss  ( I would say second favourite lip product).

What are your favourites? Do we share any of the same ones?

EYE LOOK: VIOLET EYELINER

A couple of weeks back I spotted something on the X-Factor, Cheryl wearing violet eye shadow as eyeliner on her bottom lash line, a look she obviously stole from me in this post and this one, I used to do this look a lot but I haven’t done it in ages. I had forgotten about it so here is again with a bit of a fresh update. I decided to add a little pop of orange in here because I love gold and orange tones on my green eyes and purple and orange look great together.

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Products used:

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MAC Satin taupe – all over eye lid and in crease
MAC Nocturnelle – center of lid
MAC Hepcat – outer corner
MAC Summer Haze – just the orange shade in inner corner and under bottom line
Smashbox Black Violet – lined top and bottom lash lines
MAC Parfait Amour – lined over the Black Violet eyeliner
Lancôme Grandiose Mascara

Actually Cheryl’s eye makeup has been great this season, are there any other looks that you liked?

MAC MINERALISE EYE SHADOW QUAD A GLIMMER OF GOLD: REVIEW AND EYE LOOK

MAC Glimmer of Gold

I picked this little beauty up in duty free just over a month ago, and I have been using it so much. It’s perfect for both day and night. This little quad contains all the shadows you need to create beautiful sunset eye looks. The lightest shade is the perfect highlighter for the inner corner and under the brow bone. The light gold shade gives a beautiful wash of colour to the lid while the darker gold creates depth for a contour in the crease. The darkest shade is great for lining and adding more definition in the outer corner and crease. Of course you could play around with the shades for lots of different looks; the darkest shade is a gun metal grey that would be great all over the lid with a black liquid eyeliner flick. I know they look a bit glittery or sparkly in the pictures but on the finish is more metallic than glittery.

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All four go on sheer but can be built up to more pigmented colour. They are all soft and creamy and easy to blend. Wear time is also really good but since I have oily lids I always use a primer, so far I haven’t lasted longer than the eye shadows when worn over MAC Paint Pot in Painterly. There is a little bit of fall out when applying, nothing that actually bothers me but it’s not something I have ever noticed with MAC shadows before but I suppose you do usually always have some fall out with shimmery shadows. There isn’t any fall out during wear though.

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Here is a soft day time look; I used the shades as I said above, the lightest one as a highlighter, the light gold on the lid, the darker gold in the crease and the darkest shade in the outer corner and to line the top and bottom. I gently went under the bottom liner with the light gold.

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EYE LOOK FEATURING KIKO AND MAC

You may already know that I usually use MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as an eye lid primer and I have very oily lids. Lately I picked up some Kiko Long Lasting Shadow Sticks so I decided to use my favourite one, Rose Brown, as a base and primer for a bronze and brown eye look. I use these MAC shadows to do this eye look a lot but I like the extra dept the Kiko Rose Brown added to this look. Also it has to be said that as a base to hold eye shadow in place all night, the Kiko Long Lasting Shadow Stick was brilliant. At the end of the night my eye shadow looks just as good as it did right after I applied it. There were no creases or fading, Rose Brown did as good a job as Painterly so I am going to try my other Kiko Shadow Sticks to see if they all perform equally well as primers. So here are the products and pictures of the look:

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Products Used:

MAC Shadows, Embark, Mulch, Tempting and Phloof!
Kiko Long Lasting Shadow Stick in Rose Brown
Kiko Sportproof Eyeliner is Metallic Taupe
L’Oreal 4D Mascara

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First I applied Kiko Long Lasting Shadow Stick in Rose Brown all over lid and crease and patted it with my finger, and then I applied Embark in the outer corner of the lid and crease.
Next I applied Mulch to the crease and outer half of lid and applied Tempting in the inner half. I  used Phloof! as a highlight in the inner corner and under the outer brow. I lined my eyes with Kiko Sportproof liner in Metallic Taupe and then went over the liner with Mulch to soften the line. I finished off with L’Oreal 4D Mascara.

What base or primer do trust to keep you eye shadow in place?