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!
I really wanted to do something different with my eye make-up and came up with this bright pink and green colour combination. The deep teal in the outer part of the lid adds extra depth to the eyes and also helps bring the pink and green shadows together.
To complement the look: I used Kiko 3D Hydra Lipgloss in Shade 26 Sparkling Hibiscus Pink on the lips (see photos of this product and read morehere), Too Faced Sweet Heart Blusher in ‘I Will Always Love You’ on the cheeks and Anastasia Glow Powder in Starburst (pale metallic pearly-pink) to highlight my cheekbones.
Metallic make-up is big this season and lips are no exception. MAC recently released limited edition Metallic finish lipsticks as part of their lipstick range. I chose three shades – Forbidden Romance, Disobedient and Coral Optix – as I found them flattering and totally different from anything else that I have in my make-up collection.
Interested in metallic lipsticks from other brands? You might like these posts featuring some of Urban Decay metallized lipstickshereandhere.
Left to Right: MAC Huggable Glass in ‘Love Buzz’, MAC Dazzleshadow in ‘Can’t Stop, ‘Won’t Stop’, MAC Eyeshadow Pot in ‘Wow Factor’, MAC Dazzleshadow in ‘Say It Isn’t So’, MAC Paintpot in ‘Nice Composure’
I visited the Livingston Designer Retail Outlet a couple of weeks ago and was incredibly excited to see that there is now a ‘Cosmetic Company Store’ there!!! If you live in the USA, you may have seen The Cosmetic Company Stores. This store is the first of its kind in Scotland (yaaaaay!) and so I was thrilled to see there is now one within driving distance for me.
The CCS sells premium brand make-up at reduced prices. The brands that I spotted on my visit were MAC, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder, Smashbox and Bumble and Bumble. 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.
I picked up five different MAC goodies while I was in the store (read on to see what I picked up). I think I may have to go back in a few months again and see what new stock they have in!!
Left to right: MAC Amplified Creme Lipstick in ‘Painted Sunset’, MAC Huggable Lip Colour in ‘Commotion’, Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour in ‘Devotion’, Essie Nail Polish in ‘Haute Tub’ and Essie Nail Polish in ‘Lounge Lover’
I love reading articles on other make-up blogs featuring new make-up and beauty purchases. It made me think, why not do something similar on my own site? I know the excitement I feel when I purchase new beauty products, so I thought it might be fun to add this type of post to my own site.
Do you like reading this type of post? Would you like it to be a more regular feature on the site? Let me know in the comments section.
This article features three of my favourite blushers: Illamasqua Naked Rose (pale dusky neutral pink), MAC Pinch O’Peach (peachy-pink) and MAC Dollymix (shimmery fuschia pink). I have many other blushers but I find that these three products are the ones I reach for time and time again.