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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.
For this look, I used teal and green eyeshadows to create a fun, colourful spin on the traditional smokey eye. I really like how teal and green eyeshadows look together.
Tip: You could add a little lemon yellow eyeshadow in the very inner corners if you want to add even more colourful brightness to the eyes. Black or deep teal liner along the upper and lower lashline would also add some extra smokiness to the look.
For this look, I used coral eyeshadow in the crease of the eye to add some subtle warmth to a bluish-violet combination. Adding a little blackberry eyeshadow in the outer lid helped tie the coral and blue-violet eyeshadows together and added some extra dimension to the look.