Spotlight on MAC: Autumnal Smoke (Using MAC Eyeshadows)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve repurchased MAC Expensive Pink twice as it is such a beautiful duochrome shade with hints of coral, orange and pink.  I’ve used it with a variety of shades and thought I would try it with cranberry and a deep charcoal for a warm, autumnal look.

To complement the look: I used Clinique Cheek Pop in 02 Peach Pop (click here to read more about this product) on the cheeks, MAC Beaming Blush Extra Dimension Skinfinish Highlighter to highlight the cheekbones and MAC Brave lipstick on the lips.

Interested reading more posts on MAC? You might enjoy my ‘Spotlight on MAC’ series (you can read more about the series here and view posts here)

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Spotlight on MAC: Going for Green (Using MAC Eyeshadows)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green is one of my favourite colours to wear, both in terms of eyeshadow and clothing.  I thought I would play about with some MAC green eyeshadows and came up with this green combination.

To complement the look: I used Benefit Rockateur blusher on the cheeks and MAC Fresh and Frisky Huggable Lipcolour on the lips.

Interested reading more posts on MAC? You might enjoy my ‘Spotlight on MAC’ series (you can read more about the series here and view posts here

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Spotlight on MAC: MAC Satin Taupe Eyeshadow

 

MAC Satin Taupe eyeshadow

Combination using MAC Satin Taupe (more details below!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I first started getting into MAC make-up, Satin Taupe had cult status amongst make-up bloggers and users.  The shade was regularly mentioned as must-have, due to its ability to look amazing on the lid all on its own or when combined with other eyeshadows.  No matter how much time has passed, MAC Satin Taupe is still an eyeshadow I find myself reaching for and one that continues to be a staple in my make-up collection.

Interested in reading more posts on MAC? You might enjoy my ‘Spotlight on MAC series’ (you can read more about the series here and find posts here).

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Spotlight on MAC Dusky Greens (Using MAC eyeshadows)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAC Coquette is quite an interesting shade and a relatively new addition to my make-up collection.  Coquette looks grey-ish taupe but can look more olive green, brown or golden, depending on what other shades you use alongside it. 

For this look, I drew out the olive tones in Coquette by combining it with brown and green eyeshadows.

Interested reading more posts on MAC? You might enjoy my ‘Spotlight on MAC’ series (you can read more about the series here). 

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The Cosmetics Company Store: Clinique and MAC Goodies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last month, I visited the Livingston Designer Retail Outlet and picked up some goodies from ‘Cosmetic Company Store’.  If you live in the USA, you may have seen The Cosmetic Company Stores.  The CCS sells premium make-up at reduced prices from brands and now has outlets across the UK.

The CCS sells premium make-up at reduced prices from brands within the Estee Lauder group (including MAC, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox and Tom Ford, to name but a few).  The products are genuine and there is nothing wrong with them.  They tend to be those from limited edition ranges, surplus stock from existing ranges and shades which are being phased out by the make-up brands.

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Spotlight on MAC: Aqua and Lime (Using MAC Eyeshadows)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aquadisiac is such a beautiful, lustre finish aqua colour and one of my long-time favourite eyeshadows from MAC.  This particular eyeshadow is incredibly pigmented, so only a little is needed on a brush for high impact colour.  For this look, I used Aquadisiac alongside Lucky Green eyeshadow, which is another favourite of mine.

To complement the look: I used Kiko Baked Blush in Dreaming Coral on the cheeks (you can read my post and see swatches of this product here), Kiko Glow Fusion Powder Highlighter in 01 Champagne to highlight my cheekbones (you can read my post on this product here) and MAC Huggable Lipcolour Lipstick in Origami Orange on my lips.

Interested in reading more posts on MAC? You might enjoy my ‘Spotlight on MAC’ series (you can read more about the series here). 

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Spotlight on MAC: Extra Dimension Blush in ‘Sweets For My Sweet’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ‘Extra Dimension’ line is one of my favourites from MAC and so I was very excited when they introduced Extra Dimension blushers, skin finishes and eyeshadows to their permanent range.  I found it very hard to choose what products to get as they were so beautiful but I managed to narrow it down to one blusher (featured here) and one skin finish (Beaming Blush).   

Interested in reading more about MAC products or getting ideas for MAC combinations? You might enjoy my ‘Spotlight on MAC’ series (click here to read more).  You can also get ideas for combinations using MAC eyeshadows here.

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Spotlight on MAC: Vivid Coral and Purple (Using MAC Eyeshadows)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For this look, I used peachy-coral, copper and plum MAC eyeshadows on the lid, followed by a slick of NYX Vivid Brights Coloured Liquid Liner in Vivid Violet along the upper lashline (you can read more on this product here).  I really love how the purple liner contrasts and ‘pops out’ against the peach and copper tones on the lid.

To complement the look: I used  Too Faced Sweethearts Bronzer in Sweet Tea (click here to read more about this product), Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Sparkling Bellini (click here to read more about this product) and Loreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in 464 Color Hype.

Interested reading more posts on MAC? You might enjoy my ‘Spotlight on MAC’ series (you can read more about the series here). 

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All Out Blue (Using MAC Eyeshadows)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I thought it would be fun to use various shades of blue eyeshadow from MAC to kickstart my new ‘Spotlight on MAC’ series.  You can read more about the ‘Spotlight on MAC’ series here.

Some of the shades are from the permanent range, whilst a couple are from past limited edition collections.  I’ve given suggestions for permanent shades you can use in place of the limited edition ones, in case you don’t have them.

To complement the look:  I used Kiko Marmoreal Biscuit Baked Blush (you can read more about this product here) on my cheeks and Bare Minerals Gen Nude Lipstick in Nudist on the lips.

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New Series: Spotlight on MAC!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve always loved make-up but 2005 was when I discovered MAC and a whole new world of colour, combinations and general make-up excitement opened up to me.  Back then, MAC was one of the major make-up brands that regularly featured on make-up blogs and YouTube.  I remember reading post after post about their products, looking at swatches online and seeking out combination ideas.  I regularly visited the MAC counter in my area and started building up my MAC eyeshadow collection. 

Since then, so many new make-up brands have come on the scene and I feel like MAC perhaps doesn’t get the same sort of attention or coverage that it used to get.  Recently, I’ve been going back to my MAC self-made eyeshadow palettes and have really fallen in love with them again.  I think it can be really easy to overlook or forget about favourite products from the past when the new, exciting, shiny products come out, particularly all of the new palettes that are launched these days.  

There’s a reason why I used to love MAC sooooo much back in the day – especially their eyeshadows.  The pigment is generally fantastic, the eyeshadows last really well and the colour range available is amazing.  It’s been so much fun re-discovering my love for their eyeshadows and the brand in general all over again.

Soooooo, that got me thinking.  I thought it would be fun to start a new series on my site called ‘Spotlight on MAC’.  My aim with the series is to showcase looks using MAC eyeshadows, feature various products and introduce you to MAC as a brand if you haven’t used their products before.  I think the series will also encourage me to experiment with my MAC eyeshadow palettes again.

I’m planning on uploading posts to the ‘Spotlight on MAC’ series from next week, so stay tuned for these posts in the coming weeks!