My MAC Lipstick Collection

2.05.2015


Finally our internet is back so I can write a well over due blog post! I've been somewhat of a lipstick hoarder for the past few years. Im a sucker for a MAC counter and I can spend hours swooning over the lipsticks (often picking up shades I already own) looking for the perfect new addition. I wanted to write a post about all of the MAC lipsticks I own because I think these are extremely helpful to other makeup lovers, and this may have you adding a few names to your wish list - sorry! Grab a cup of tea, we have other 50 swatches to go through here... 

Nudes


Tropical Mist, Lustre - Sheer, warm toned beige with a frosted sheen finish (limited edition) 
 Siren Song, Lustre - Sheer pale beige with a frosted sheen finish (limited edition)
Creme d'Nude, Cremesheen - Creamy pink toned beige
Altered Beige, Lustre -  Sheer peach toned beige (limited edition) 
Fleshpot, Satin - Opaque cool toned, pinky beige  
Creme Cup, Cremesheen - Creamy cool toned pink
Hue, Glaze - Semi-opaque pink nude with a creamy finish
Shy Girl, Cremesheen - Neutral coral beige with a creamy finish
Peach Blossom, Cremesheen - Neutral pink beige with a creamy finish
Japanese Maple, Cremesheen - Neutral beige with a creamy finish



Light Pinks



Pretty Please, Lustre - Sheer pale, dusty pink 
Love Long Distance, Pro Longwear Lip Creme - Sheer lavender pink with semi matte, frosted finish
Plink, Lustre - Sheer frosted pink
Fleur D’Coral, Lustre - Sheer peach toned pink (limited edition)
Love Lorn, Lustre - Sheer cool toned pink
Snob, Satin - Opaque cool toned pink 
Viva Glam Gaga, Lustre - Semi-opaque, cool toned bubblegum pink (limited edition)
 Rose Lily, Lustre - Sheer pastel pink (limited edition)
Saint Germain, Amplified - Opaque, blue toned pastel pink
Angel, Frost - Yellow toned medium pink with a frosted finish
 Hoop, Satin - Warm toned coral with a matte finish (limited edition)


Oranges


Full Speed, Sheen Supreme - Opaque, bright coral with a glossy finish
Gotta Dash, Sheen Supreme - Opaque peach with a glossy finish
Coral Bliss, Cremesheen - Opaque, pink toned coral
Sweet & Sour, Cremesheen - Warm toned peach 
Razzledazzler, Lustre - Sheer warm toned coral
Costa Chic, Frost - Orange toned coral with a frost finish
Flamingo, Lustre - Sheer warm toned pink
In a Heartbeat, Cremesheen - Creamy warm toned peach (limited edition)
Morange, Amplified - Opaque orange with a satin finish



Hot Pinks


Steady Going, Matte - Cool toned pink with a matte finish
Pink Nouveau, Satin - Opaque cool toned pink
Pink Pearl Pop, Cremesheen - Sheer blue toned medium pink
Viva Glam Nicki, Satin -  Opaque, yellow toned coral (limited edition)
Sunny Seoul, Cremesheen - Sheer warm toned pink
Pink Poodle, Glaze - Cool toned fuschia with a frost finish (limited edition)
Candy Yum Yum, Matte - Opaque, blue toned pink with a matte finish
Impassioned, Amplified - Opaque, warm toned fuchsia 


Browns


Please Me, Matte - Neutral, pink toned biege with a matte finish
Velvet Teddy, Matte - Warm toned, pink beige with a matte finish
Viva Glam Gaga 2, Amplified - Opaque, peach toned beige  (limited edition)
Casanova, Lustre - Sheer red toned brown (limited edition)
Dubonnet, Amplified - Opaque red toned brown (limited edition)


Reds and Purples



Style Surge, Mineralise Rich -  Opaque, orange coral 
Insanely It,  Sheen Supreme - Opaque, warm toned fuchsia 
Ruby Woo,  Matte - Opaque, cool toned Red with a matte finish
Viva Glam Rhianna, Forst - Opaque, neutral red with a frost finish (limited edition) 
Riri Woo, Retro Matte - Opaque, cool toned red with a matte finish (limited edition)
Diva, Matte - Opaque, burgundy with a matte finish
Rebel, Satin - Opaque, wine shade with a satin finish



Currently Loving #1

1.25.2015



Despite the amount of makeup I own, I tend to go through phases of graviting towards certain products. I'm not one to do 'monthly favourites' because I find that I don't discover enough new products within 4 weeks to validate one post. 2015 brings exciting adventures for me, but also a spending ban as I need to spend the next few months saving up as much as I can. I'm shopping my own collection and rediscovering old treasures and falling in love with some products all over again.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer: I never brought into the primer hype and didn't tend to invest in them. It wasn't until I jumped on the bandwagon and tried the Veil Mineral Primer I realised just how amazing this product really is. Redness of the skin is my biggest problem area, and this primer completely evens it out which cuts down the amount of tinted moisturiser I need to use. Amongst concealing redness this oil free primer combats signs of again by softening the skin, smoothing out pores, adding a youthful glow and prolonging your makeup. Trust me when I say this primer is a miracle worker, and worth every penny. I will repurchase this over and over again.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisteriser: I couldn't put into words how much I loved this tinted moisturiser. If you have been a reader for a while you will probably have seen me raving about this product constantly. It gives you a perfect looking complexion with the added bonus of skincare qualities. It has a lightweight consistency with the perfect coverage while hydrating your skin - when I wear this I get so many compliments on how fresh and dewy my skin looks! If you haven't tried this yet, I highly recommend it.

Hourglass Ambient Palette: Hourglass blushes really are worth the hype. I have never tried a blush that is formulated like the hourglass products. They are so silky and soft which make them blend into the skin seamlessly, leaving a natural looking flush to the cheeks. They have a subtle, finely milled shimmer which prevents the shades looking dull on the skin and adds a healthy looking glow. The marbled texture through the shades means you get the perfect ratio of pigmentation to shimmer, leaving you with the perfect complexion and youthful glow. 

MAC Velvet Teddy: Im sure you have all heard of this shade since Kylie Jenner revealed this is the secret behind her famous lips. I had been after Velvet Teddy for a while, and finally managed to get my hands on it recently. I have a very large MAC lipstick collection, but I didn't have many brown-nudes so this was a nice one to add to my growing stash. Velvet Teddy is an unusual shade to explain - Its a brown nude with a pinky/mauve undertone which makes this a great everyday shade. Being matte it has a pretty good staying power and luckily it isn't as drying as Ruby Woo, which makes it very wearable. 

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow: Another cult favourite, but I had to mention this because I have been obsessed with this since Christmas. Charlotte Tilbury can do no wrong in my eyes, this is the perfect bronzing and highlighting palette. The formulation of the powders are so buttery and silky which makes blending stupidly simple. The bronze shade adds a healthy warmth to the skin, sculpting the contours of the face beautifully so slim and shape the face. The highlight shade is the perfect golden-champagne, adding a subtle radiance to the high points of the face which compliments the contour shade. Everything from this product screams perfection - from the rose gold packaging to the flawless application.

Lush Eau Roma Water: I think Lush aromatherapy waters don't get enough love from the blogosphere. Eau Roma Water is my favourite toning water, leaving my skin feeling hydrated and refreshed after every use. It has a combination of Rose Water and Lavender which helps calm redness and is gentle to the skin, leaving it soothed and hydrated. 

NARS Mie Kabuki Brush: I cannot say enough good things about this brush. It applies powder products beautifully to the skin as the dome shape helps deposit makeup evenly. It has a hand-spun black wisteria handle which adds a luxurious feel and texture to the brush while preserving it's Japanese heritage. 

Jo Malone Sea Salt and Wood Sage Cologne: I have been wearing this non stop since I purchased it back in October. I wrote a post on this body spray a few weeks ago which you can find here, and I still cannot get enough of it. Its a very easy fragrance to wear and I have been obsessed with it since day one.

NARS And God Created The Women Palette: I have been loving this palette lately, not only because its convenient, but the shades are also stunning. I have been gravitating towards a brown smokey eye a lot over the last few weeks, and this palette makes it easy to achieve. You get a mixture of matte and shimmery shades which all blend together seamlessly, leaving you with the ideal, effortless smokey eye every time. 

OCC Lip Tar Annika: I have found my ideal peachy nude lip with the shade Annika. OCC Liptars are incredible products because they last forever on the lips and they are very highly pigmented. Even after a night of cocktails and eating, my lip colour looks just as perfect as when I applied it. When you first apply the product it has a very slight menthol flavour which I find really refreshing. My favourite combination lately is to mix equal parts of Annika with Ophelia.

Real Techniques 201 Pointed Crease: I have been after a brush like this for ages. I wanted a crease brush that would allow a more precise application, and the 201 brush is perfect for this because its very sturdy. The brush feels very luxurious to use and the weighted, silver plated handle allows  for more control. 

 Another lengthy post and I apologise for that! If you managed to make it to the end let me know what products you have been loving lately. 

Christian Louboutin Nail Lacquer: Rouge Louboutin

1.19.2015


Lovers of the famous black and red stiletto, this ones for you. Finally there is a nail lacquer to perfectly match the soles of your favourite pair of heels, Rouge Louboutin.

If you own a pair of Louboutins, then you know the frustration of trying to find the perfect red to match the eye catching sole of these statement shoes. Luckily the hunt is over as Christian Louboutin launched a range of nail polish, not only the shade of their signature red, but in a wide array of 30 shades. 

The packaging is unique and absolutely stunning. The bottles are inspired by the famous 8 inch Ballerina Ultima heel which makes it too pretty for storage, so I have my collection out for decoration. I was worried that the long cap would make application more difficult, but the weight made it surprisingly easy for me. The colour is spot on to the signature Louboutin red with a very opaque, high shine finish which gives the polish a luxurious, gel like feel. The longevity for a Lacquer is rather impressive as well. Considering most polish on me chips with 24 hours, this shade lasted nearly 5 days without needing touch ups. 

Definitely a luxurious product, and one worth saving up for if you're in the mood to treat yourself. Im intrigued to see what Christian Louboutin come up with next. The perfect red lipstick perhaps?