The MAC Lipstick Tag

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Hey everyone! I saw this tag seven months ago on Molly’s blog and I finally got around to doing it! Like most beauty bloggers, I adore MAC lipsticks. The range of formulas and selection of shades combined with outstanding quality is a winning combination! MAC lipsticks are worth every cent and the hype surrounding them is definitely real. Let’s jump straight in to the tag!

1. What was your first MAC lipstick?

My first MAC lipstick was Syrup. I chose this colour after hearing Lily Pebbles mention it in a number of her videos and I couldn’t have been more happy with my choice.

2. What was your most recent MAC lipstick addition?

I haven’t received it yet, but my brother is buying Matte Royal for me for my birthday this month.

3. What is your most used MAC Lipstick?

It’s a tie between Syrup and Patisserie (another Lily Pebbles inspired choice). Both of these shades are lovely as everyday colours as they’re relatively neutral and they go with absolutely everything!

4. What is your favourite nude/pink/red MAC lipstick?

Nude: Blankety – The perfect nude.

Pink: Without Your Love – From Ellie Goulding’s MAC collection.

Red: Ruby Woo – It’s the only red lipstick from MAC I own.

5. Have you ever repurchased a MAC lipstick?

Not yet. I definitely see myself repurchasing Syrup once I’ve used it up and possibly Patisserie as well.

6. Which of the different MAC finishes do you own?

2 x Lustre, 2 x Retro Matte, 2 x Cremesheen and 1 x Amplified making for a total of seven lipsticks. Not a lot, but still a nice little collection.

7. Which shade do you want to wear more?

Blankety. It is such a beautiful nude with an incredible formula and I don’t show it enough love.

8. Which shade doesn’t get enough hype?

All Fired Up. This is the most gorgeous fuschia-red colour which are my favourite shades to wear. Despite being retro matte, this lipstick isn’t drying.

9. Do you regret buying any shades?

Sunny Seoul – kind of. It’s a cremesheen which isn’t my favourite finish and sometimes this shade can take a few layers to build up nicely and provide even coverage. It’s my least worn MAC lipstick but I don’t want to get rid of it because it’s still stunning. Maybe I’ll pass it on to my mum.

My (Soon To Be) MAC Lipstick Collection:

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10. What next?

I want to do a thorough swatch test. I especially want to swatch Brave as it is talked about so often and seems like another perfect neutral everyday colour. I’m eyeing up Show Orchid as well for when my current fuchsia shade runs out. I don’t need any lipsticks right now but I can always look for the future, right?!

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I hope you enjoyed reading this tag and definitely give it a go if you’re a MAC lipstick fan!

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Winter Lipstick Picks 💄

Winter Lipstick PicksNext week marks the beginning of June which means Winter will have officially arrived in New Zealand! Today I’ve got another seasonal post lined up for you: my top lipstick picks for winter. For a lot of people the cooler months are all about berry tones and while I do like those, they aren’t the only colours you’ll see me wearing. Whether you’re a fan of berries, neutrals or classic year round shades, keep reading to see how to dress up your winter lips!

Berry

I’ve got two options for you on the berry front and they are both matte. One is a cult classic among beauty bloggers and the other is a gorgeous purple-berry shade I won in a giveaway.

  1. First up is Rimmel 107 which is much adored in the blogging world. This lipstick is a lovely berry/wine shade and another huge plus point of this lipstick is it’s price tag. I paid around $11 (NZD) for it and it retails for roughly £5 in the drugstore. If you are prone to dry lips, I would advise applying a balm under this one.
  2. Secondly, we have After Dark by Urban Decay. This lipstick is from Urban Decay’s relatively new Matte Revolution range and I was luckily enough to win this shade in a giveaway last December. The best way to describe this lipstick is Rimmel 107’s more purple cousin. This lipstick is the epitome of Autumn/Winter and I used it to create my autumnal makeup look. The sleek black and purple packaging adds to the luxury feel. The formula of this lipstick is not as matte as Rimmel 107 and I can get away with not wearing a balm underneath.

Neutral

Ever since I started blogging, I’ve become obsessed with neutral everyday shades and wear them at least once or twice a week. Again, I’ve got two options in this category including an old favourite and one of my more recent additions.

  1. If you’ve been a reader of my blog for a while now you will know all about my love for MAC’s Syrup. It was my first ever MAC lipstick and MAC purchase and I still wear this shade constantly. Syrup has slightly pink, slightly muted berry tones with a hint of raspberry and it is one of my favourite lipstick shades in my collection. This shade is perfect to throw on if you’re not sure what to wear and is appropriate for both day and night.
  2. I purchased Asia by Rimmel back in March and it is fast becoming another of my favourite shades. The browny/pink tones pull cool making it a lovely option for winter and would look gorgeous teamed with either a smokey or shimmery eye. It’s still warm enough that it adds colour to the face and would even look lovely worn with just a few coats of mascara.

Suggested post: Nude Lipsticks 101 – see more of my favourite neutral lip colours.

Bright

When it comes to lipstick my absolute favourite shade to wear is fuchsia! A more restrained alternative to fuchsia is my Raspberry Ripple lipstick by W7. (The name even has berry in it!) I purchased this lipstick for my mum but she told me to keep it as she already owned similar shades. This lipstick cost me $6 and the pigmentation and formula doesn’t disappoint. This lipstick feels so moisturising on the lips and doesn’t feel like you’re wearing anything at all. Raspberry Ripple has a slight frost effect to it but if anything it makes the lips look highlighted and isn’t as frosty as a MAC frost lipstick.

Classic

You can’t go wrong with a traditional, classic red, particularly in the form of Ruby Woo by MAC. Ruby Woo is a blue-toned red meaning it makes your teeth look whiter and who doesn’t want that?! The lasting power is pretty amazing but it is a retro matte formula meaning it can be more drying than usual. I have worn this lipstick without applying a balm first and let me tell you, I don’t advise it. Application wasn’t the easiest and when I removed the lipstick my lips were sore and felt dry. I’ve said this before but I guarantee you, Ruby Woo is the perfect red lipstick!

Swatches

Winter Lipstick Swatches Left To Right and listed in the order above: 107, After Dark, Syrup, Asia, Raspberry Ripple and Ruby Woo.

Do you agree with the shades I’ve selected? What would you add to the list?

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Blogger Made Me Buy It: Lily Pebbles Edition

Blogger Made Me Buy It: Lily Pebbles EditionHello beautiful people! You may be familiar with the concept of Blogger Made Me Buy It; posts detailing items fellow bloggers have convinced you to buy based on their recommendations. I haven’t done a Blogger Made Me Buy It before so I thought it’d be nice to kick things off with a special Lily Pebbles Edition! Lily is my favourite blogger and YouTuber and while I probably couldn’t afford most of the products she loves she has inspired a few of my purchases over the past year.

1) MAC Syrup

By now I’m sure you all know how much I love this lipstick! Syrup was my first MAC lipstick which makes it even more special. I purchased Syrup after watching Lily’s Top 5 Nude Lipsticks video and thinking to myself how beautiful the colour looked and how beautiful it looked on Lily. Syrup is not your typical nude, but adds a lovely wash of colour to the lips. This shade can be worn as part of a bold look with smokey, dramatic eyes or as part of an everyday. dressed down look. To read my full review of Syrup, click here!

2) MAC Patisserie

I promise you this is the second and last of my MAC lipsticks Lily inspired me to purchase (until I get my hands on Mehr). Patisserie is also mentioned in Lily’s Top 5 Nude Lipsticks video and after I fell in love with Syrup I knew I could trust her judgement. I also heard Anna (Vivanna Does Makeup) mention this shade a few times so I knew it must be good! I never expected to fall in love with Patisserie as much as I have – I think it’s the little gold flecks in the bullet.

3) Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish – Breakfast In Bed

Strictly speaking, this is not a Lily inspired purchase but rather a dupe for one of her favourite nail colours, Mint Candy Apple by Essie. If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to Mint Candy Apple or want to try this polish to see if the minty blue-green tones suit you I highly recommend Breakfast In Bed. The polish is opaque in two coats and dries quickly like the name suggests; not 60 seconds but pretty darn close! Breakfast In Bed also has a slight silver shimmer running through the polish. You can see it in the bottle and if you look at your nails closely, it is visible.

4) Essie – Chillato

Chillato is described as a frozen cream pistachio and I can honestly say is unlike any other nail polish colour I own. It looks pastel in the bottle but once on the nails it looks somewhat neutral with a lemon yellow tinge. First impressions of the polish: it’s okay. It wasn’t completely opaque after two coats and would probably have benefited from a third. The formula didn’t seem as smooth as my other Essie polishes and I wish the colour came out how it looks in the bottle. I don’t like painting my nails when they’re short so I’ll try Chillato again once my nails have grown and see if my thoughts are any different. I don’t regret this purchase but it is my least favourite of the Lily Pebbles inspired bunch.

Are there any products bloggers have convinced you to purchase?

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May Favourites

May FavouritesI can’t believe in a few days time it will be an entire month since I started my job. This last month has zoomed by but it’s been good not stressing about finding a job and having one less worry on my mind. I’m still job searching in case I’m not kept on after two months but at least I’ll have some proper experience under my belt.

Onto this month’s favourites…

May Favourites1. The Body Shop – Shea Body Whip – The body whip is the product I got when I exchanged the Shea shower cream that I was reacting to last month. I have been applying this body whip at least once a day on my arms before getting dressed and it is absolutely lovely! The product has a light texture and doesn’t feel greasy at all. It sinks in quickly so you don’t have to wait before getting dressed. I’ve mentioned numerous times how much I adore the scent of The Body Shops’ Shea range. Using this in conjunction with my body butter – also Shea – is divine. The bottle feels very lightweight and has a handy squeeze pump allowing you to get the amount you need. The pump locks into place so if you’re traveling the product won’t end up all over your belongings, no one wants a Ross from F.R.I.E.N.D.S situation!

2. MAC Syrup – How could I not include this wee beauty in my monthly favourites?! This has been my go-to lip product almost everyday this month and I just love how versatile and easy to wear this shade is. The formula is smooth and moisturising and doesn’t dry out the lips or cling to dry patches. If you’d like to know more about this lipstick and see swatches, click here to read the review I posted last week.

3. Dainty Doll Blush in 004 You Are My Sunshine – This blush is another product I have been wearing practically everyday in May. I first posted about it earlier this month. There is hardly a day I’ve been to work that I haven’t worn it. You Are My Sunshine is the most gorgeous peachy, rose-gold shade and at first I was worried it wouldn’t suit me but how wrong I was! I lightly tap this onto the tops of my cheekbones and apples of my cheeks and it gives such a subtle, beautiful glow. The golden particles really pick up and reflect the light.

4. Nivea Invisible for Black & White (Clear) – I’ve used this deodorant in the past and really loved it and I started using it again this month. I find a lot of other deodorants tend to feel sticky and get all over my tops when I put them on but not this one. This deodorant promises to not leave white marks on black clothing or yellow marks on white clothing and I’m pleased to say it lives up to its promise! The smell is also pretty pleasant and lingers throughout the day which is nice because it makes me feel like it’s doing its job and I don’t need to reapply. Nivea deodorants come in glass tubes (is tubes the right word?) so you can see how much is left and know exactly when you’ll need to get a replacement.

5. Music (ft. Bianca, Jessica Agombar, Jodie Connor and Morgan Deane) – This month I have been turning to these five tunes time and time again so I decided to compile them all into a handy SoundCloud playlist for you! Most of these tracks aren’t available to buy yet but British popstress Bianca recently released her debut EP Hi-5 – check that out if you like what you hear!


That’s all for this month, be sure to let me know what you’ve been loving!

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Review: MAC Syrup and Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation

Review: MAC Syrup and Rimmel Match Perfection FoundationHi there! How was your weekend?

To kick off this week I’ve got a review of the MAC lipstick and Rimmel Foundation I purchased last month. I’ve been using both of these products a great deal over the past few weeks and feel it’s time to share my thoughts with you.

MAC Syrup

Claims

Each MAC lipstick claims: “Colour plus texture for the lips. Stands out on the runway. Simmers on the street! What made M·A·C famous.” (Source: MAC)

Syrup swatchPackaging

I adore everything about the packaging from the bullet shaped casing to the simple black box it comes in with the name of the lipstick on top. The casing is light but doesn’t feel cheap. When you close the lid it clicks so you know it’s on safely and securely and won’t roll around your bag. I also like how the shade name and lipstick finish is listed on the bottom of the casing. If you have quite a few MAC lippies in your collection it makes it easy to find the shade you’re after.

Pros

+ Smell; a lovely light vanilla scent.

+ Texture. This lipstick feels incredibly smooth to apply and doesn’t drag over the lips at all. It’s a lustre finish so it’s glossier than a matte, but this means colour can be worn more sheer or built up.

+ Lasting power. Lustre lipsticks aren’t meant to be as long-lasting as other finishes but I can put this on before I go to work and come home with it still in place.

+ Great everyday lipstick. Syrup is such an easy colour to apply, and you could wear it with anything. It doesn’t matter if you’re going for a more natural look or for something bolder. Use Syrup to tone down your outfit and add a subtle hint of makeup.

Cons

– Price (ever so slightly). This is the most I’ve ever spent on a lipstick but it’s not too much of a con because the quality is so good. I’d be disappointed if I’d paid that much for a product that was hyped up just for the sake of its brand.

– How much I love this lipstick and want to use it. I’m afraid that I’ll use it so much it’ll be gone in no time!

Overall Verdict

Considering this is my first MAC lipstick (hopefully not my last) I am very impressed! There are no real cons to this product and it’s such a lovely colour that I think would suit a lot of people. MAC lipsticks are worth the money because of their quality. If you’re worried about the price, ask friends and family if they’d consider buying you one as a gift, or failing that, look around the internet for blog sales.

DSC00289Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation (081 Fair Ivory)

Claims

“A match so perfect, it’s undetectable in any light! Light perfecting radiance foundation. Traceless coverage for perfectly flawless skin under any light. Lasts all day. SPF 18.” (Source: Rimmel)

Foundation swatchPackaging

This is the first technically second liquid foundation I’ve tried and I’m so thankful it comes in a bottle with a pump otherwise I’d be paranoid I’d get the product everywhere. It comes in a clear glass bottle which is handy as it allows you to see how much product you’ve used and how much is left. I like how clear the information on the bottle is, it tells you the name of the product, what it does, what shade it is and you don’t need a magnifying glass to read the fine print. Packaging doesn’t make or break a product for me, but when the packaging is good it makes the product even better.

Pros

+ Perfect match for my skin tone. This foundation is called match perfection and I believe on me it is exactly that. I’m shocked I didn’t need the lightest shade in the range and I’m really pleased with how this looks, no orange tinge or different coloured face and neck going on.

+ I also believe the traceless coverage claim is true. This foundation blends really nicely and doesn’t leave visible lines on my face or jawline that haven’t been blended properly.

+ Texture. This liquid foundation is the perfect amount of runny, it’s not too runny that it slides right off my hand but it’s not too matte that it sets straight away. It doesn’t take long to dry but you are able to work with and blend out the product. This foundation gives a nice glow to my face and doesn’t feel heavy on my skin.

Cons

– This shade is hard to come across. I’ve seen other shades of this foundation in stores near me but I bought this one out of town. If I repurchase I may need to travel to get it.

Overall Verdict

I haven’t tried many foundations but out of the ones I have this is my favourite! I love using this everyday and how easy it is to wear and apply. Since I bought it I haven’t gone back to my non-liquid foundation. I would definitely recommend this product if you’re looking to try a new foundation as it comes in a variety of shades and is inexpensive.

Let me know if you’ve tried these products before and what you think of them or if you’d like to give them a go!

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