Top 5 MAC Lipsticks

Which girl doesn’t have MAC lipsticks in her collection? I for one have about 70 odd and always seem to manage to find more shades that I want to purchase.  But I do have my firm favourites which are staples in my collection and I find myself always going back to these 5 shades.

1. Spirit
This was the first lipstick I purchased from MAC all those years ago and have always re-purchased it.  It’s my go to lipstick which suits my skin tone, suits any outfit whether its day or night and I also use this as a base/primer when I am mixing lipsticks (something I love to do). It helps cancel out the natural colour of my lips so I can add a really vibrant colour on top. It’s a brown with a hint of pink and is a satin finish so isn’t drying either, and the colour pay off is spot on.

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2. Faux
A gorgeous pink nude, again in a satin finish which is perfect for day time wear or for the evening this goes really well with a smokey eye.

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3. Pink Nouveau
I love this colour.  Its a bright bubble gum pink and really compliments my skin tone.  When I feel like my complexion is looking a little dull or I just fancy some colour, this is the colour I always go to.  It really brightens your look and is the cutest pink ever.

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4. Modesty
I find modesty is the perfect perfect nude.  I like to layer this on top of Spirit or Faux, as it’s very creamy and can make those two lipsticks look a little more natural.

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5. Ravishing
This is a stunning in between spring summer shade.  It’s an adorable tangerine coral colour which will suit any skin tone.  It’s so pretty and light and again, goes with any outfit or makeup look. Add a flush of peach blusher and you will look radiant and glowing.

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So my top 5 MAC lipsticks are a collection of shades which are easy to wear on a day to day basis as well as in the evening on a night out.  What are your favourite MAC Lipsticks and are you as addicted as me?  I’ll see you soon. X.O.

My Favourite Makeup Brushes and Why

We all know, to achieve a flawless makeup look you need good quality makeup brushes.  However, this doesn’t mean you need to go out and buy the most expensive brushes out there, as they aren’t necessarily the best.  Also, good quality brushes can have more than one use.  For instance, sometimes I use a particular eyeshadow brush to help me contour and/or highlight. It’s all about experimenting and what works for you and the look you are trying to achieve.

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So let’s start!

Foundation Brushes

Beauty Blender – ok, this isn’t a brush but it is the best invention ever and I hardly ever use anything else to apply my foundation. You will not get a more flawless look than with the beauty blender.

Real Techniques Expert Face Brush – so this is a brush and is the best brush I have ever used to apply foundation.  It will never leave a streaky finish which I find a lot of foundation brushes do, which is really annoying as you have to to go back in and try and smooth out the streaks with either your fingers or another brush.  Way too much hassle for me! You will not get this problem with the Face Expert Brush and is not expensive at all!

Over the years, I have collected and used a number of foundation brushes but these are the only two I ever use now.

Powder/Blush Brushes

Mac 129 Brush – I use this brush to apply blusher or sometimes face powder.  It just depends on the phase I am going through.  For either purpose, this brush has been a firm favourite for nearly 10 years and is still going strong.

MAC 182 Kabuki Brush – I love this brush, I use this to apply blusher, or bronzer.  Again perfect application of the right amount of product is achieved with this brush.

Real Techniques Buffing Brush – this is one of the softest brushes I own and like to use this for all over setting powder.  It deposits the right amount of powder to your face which avoid the cakey look.

Eyeshadow Brushes

Mac 224 Fluffy Brush – I use this brush for literally so many different things.  I use it to apply eyeshadow, highlighter, contouring (when I want to achieve a very defined contour) under eye setting powder…what else? I could not live without this brush and if I was stranded on a desert island with only one makeup brush, this would be the one!

MAC 219 Pencil Brush – This is great for smoking out eyeliner, or adding highlight to the inner corner of your eyes.  So soft and is the perfect size for both these purposes.

Makeup Forever Angled Brush [product number has rubbed off] – Amazing for winged eyeliner, but I used this religiously to fill in my eyebrows.  It’s so soft which ensures I don’t fill in my eyebrows too harshly and are just the perfect natural shape.

So out of my 50 or so makeup brushes, which I love, these are my firm favourites which are staple brushes in my collection.

I do have one more brush, which I invested in recently and I love it.  I searched everywhere for it as I believe it is sold out or discontinued.  It is the Nars Contour Brush.  I cannot explain how perfect your contour comes out by using this brush and it’s the easiest brush to use for contouring! It deposits the right amount of product in the right place and can be achieved in literally seconds.  I am so glad I came across this little beauty wonder, as I know it will be in my favourites collection for life.

So out of my 50 or so makeup brushes, which I love, these are my firm favourites which are staple brushes in my collection.

What are your favourite brushes and do some of your brushes have multi-purpose uses like mine? I’ll see you soon. X.O.

 

Kim Kardashian’s Glowing Golden Makeup

 

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So I am not a massive fan of Kim Kardashian herself, but I am a little obsessed with her makeup, I mean come on, which girly girl isn’t right?  Have you noticed how much softer Kim Kardashian’s day to day make up is recently? She has great features and looks like such a yummy mummy with the new makeup looks she is sporting these days.  So much so, she had inspired me to wear less too.  Don’t get me wrong, she still wears a full face of makeup but it’s much lighter and fresher and she certainly seems to have ditched the smokey eyes during the day! Yay!  It’s all about the fresh face with golden and bronzed tones.. I am in love with these looks.. Some of the products she has been using are:

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation  – one of her all time favs and gives a completely flawless look.  She mixes a couple of different shades to get the perfect tone for her complexion. Tom Ford Traceless Stick Foundation is also another favourite of hers but is a bit more pricey but worth it if you fancy a splurge and photographs really well. I’ve tried it and it goes on extremely well and doesn’t budge.  Of course, I only save this for nights out as it’s one of my luxury products.  Tom Ford Eye Shadow Palette in Cognac Sable is what she likes to use on her eyes to achieve that golden/bronze glow.  Again another splurge, but consists of gorgeous soft gold and bronze shades. A little goes a long way, trust me! To achieve the all over bronzed I’ve just got back from the beach look, Chanel’s Soleil Tan De Chanel is something you cannot go wrong with! It’s so creamy and goes on naturally with no harsh orange tones, an excellent investment and I use this bronzer every day!

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In terms of mascara, Kim has ditched the full on lashes and now opts for a few individual lashes followed by a coat of mascara.  She likes to use her own brand mascara.  I personally haven’t tried it but suggest Benefit’s, They’re Real which is my all time favourite mascara and cannot live without it.  It really opens up your eyes without looking too full on and the best thing.. no falsies needed!

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Kim is known for her love of MAC’s lipstick in the shade Angel, however she is also known to like the nude shades from the Charlotte Tilsbury range which are creamy and very natural looking.

So, that is how to achieve her current soft and golden look.  I know some of the products are a little on the expensive side but I can vouch for them, totally worth it!

What do you think?  Do you have any makeup products that give you an amazing glow without looking over the top? I would love to hear about them.  I’ll see you soon. X.O.

Aztec Secret – Indian Healing Clay.. Healing Skin Naturally

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This is a natural skincare product I cannot get enough of and probably rave about the most to anyone that will listen.  I have managed to convert all my family and friends into using this product.  It’s 100% natural and ridiculously cheap.  What is it I hear you ask? Aztec Secret – Indian Healing Facial Clay (claimed to be the most powerful facial in the world) has done wonders for my forever blemished skin, well not so blemished anymore and it’s thanks to this facial.

Aztec Secret – Indian Healing Facial Clay is a deep pore cleansing facial mask and is made up of 100% Natural Calcium Bentonite Clay, nothing else! This facial is somewhat interesting as firstly, it comes in a very fine powdery substance which needs to be mixed with Organic Apple Cider Vinegar.  What a combination right?  I know, I get that reaction from anyone I talk to about this, but when they try it, they totally understand my obsession!

So I mix say a teaspoon of the powder with a couple of teaspoons of the Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to make a smooth creamy consistency.  I then pack this onto my face with an old foundation brush (just to keep the mess down to a minimum, plus I feel more pampered using this technique), not being shy with the amount as the more the better! Now, here is the fun part..within a minute or two, your skin with start to feel warm followed by a pulsating feeling.. don’t freak out, it’s supposed to happen and it’s a nice feeling in a weird way as you actually feel like all the rubbish clogging up your pores being sucked right out.  Sounds gross right? But it’s a relaxing feeling, trust me.  I just lay back and let the mask do it’s job.  The packaging mentions to keep it on for about 5-10 minutes, but I like to keep it on for about 30 minutes and do this once a week.  The bad thing about this product is it can be a little tricky to wash off, it can get a little messy but I think it’s worth it.  My skin looks red for about half an hour or so, which is normal and down to the pulsating, so I always make sure I do this on a day when I won’t be leaving the house.

The results…smooth, clear, radiant and supple skin! It really does clear out your pores and you can actually see the difference! It’s magical.. ok, I am being a little dramatic but to me, anything that can improve my acne prone skin is magic! : ) Pores are definitely visibly smaller, that is for sure.  Your skin will feel a little dry after so I make sure I use a good moisturiser or oil straight after.  If you notice any flaking, that’s ok, it’s just dead skin, you don’t want that hanging around any way ; )

So, what can I say, I absolutely love this product, you can pick it up online for I think about £10 approximately and a bottle of the Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is very cheap too! Who needs expensive, facials at the salon when you can achieve this in your very own home.  Let me know if you have used this mask before or whether you plan on trying it out.  Would love to hear from you.  I’ll see you soon. X.O.

Lemons – and why I can’t live without them

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Lemons? And why can’t I live without them?  So I have been obsessed with lemons for the past year and here are two reasons why.

1. I squeeze half a lemon into a tall glass of warm water every morning. I drink this slowly at my desk whilst checking emails.  I have noticed that I feel refreshed, cleansed and somehow I really do feel like it is detoxing my system.  One thing is for sure, it makes me visit the ladies more often but that is a good thing as it means it really is flushing out all the toxins and my insides feel all nice and sparkly again : )   It has also improved the condition of my skin.. I suffer from acne, and I feel drinking lemon water every morning has helped clear up my complexion.

2.  I rub half a lemon into my skin at night before I go to bed. Or I squeeze the juice into a round cotton pad and dab it onto problem areas where I may have scars. I am carful not to dab onto open wounds as it can sting, but sometimes I just go ahead and do it anyway as I feel like it really does cleanse my skin, I can take the pain ; ) The lemon juice help kill bacteria and is also a natural lightening agent, therefore really helps with lightening my acne scars.

Let me know if you can’t live without lemons just like me, what you use them for and is there anything else I can use them for beauty/health wise? Thanks for reading.. I’ll see you soon. X.O.