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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Bare Minerals Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the past year, Bare Minerals has been launching various new products, including the Invisible Bronze Powder Bronzers.  I recently wrote about this bronzer as part of my ‘Make-up For Long and Busy Days’ post (click here to read more) as it is one of my favourite products for adding natural warmth and definition to my face. 

I’m fairly new to using bronzer and so I wanted something that would look natural, be easy to use and add some subtle warmth to the face.  This particular bronzer ticks all of those boxes for me. I thought it would be fun to write a more detailed post about this product, as I think it is such a natural and easy to use bronzer!

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Emerald at Dusk

 

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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.

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Sunset Rainbow (Using Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette)

 

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It’s been a while since I wrote a post (work and life have been very busy recently) and so I wanted to kick-start my writing again with a bold and colourful look.  I used the new UD Full Spectrum Palette, which contains a rainbow array of colourful eyeshadows.

Tip: Lining the eyes with black liner and using lashings of black mascara really helps define the eye when using such bright eyeshadow colours.

Note: I’ll try to write a post on the UD Full Spectrum Palette soon, along with swatches, to give you an idea of what shades the palette contains.  Think bright and colourful, ranging from white, yellow, orange, coral, copper, purple, cranberry, green, blue and black!

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#3 Make-Up News

 

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Here is some new make-up news for this week:

Allure Magazine has reported that MAC will be coming out with a new eyeshadow formulation: MAC Spellbinder Eyeshadows.  These eyeshadows are touted as being intensely pigmented and providing super-rich payoff on the lids.  I can’t wait to check out the eight jewelled toned shades when they launch online and in-store (sometime between October – December 2016).  You can read more here.

If you are a fan of the Anastasia Glow Kits, you might be excited to hear that the brand is releasing an Ultimate Glow Kit for the holiday season.  The Ultimate Glow Kit will contain six gold-toned highlighters, ranging from snowy white to sparkly amber.  I have the Gleam Glow Kit and love it, so I am looking forward to seeing the new Ultimate Glow Kit when it launches.  You can read more and see photos at Temptalia here.

Too Faced has just posted a sneak peek of the upcoming Sweet Peach Glow Palette.  You can see the sneak peek photo on Two Faced Jerrod Blandino’s Instagram page here.

This seems to be the season for colourful eyeshadow palettes.  Kat Von D has just released the Metal Matte Eyeshadow Palette which contains 22 eyeshadows: 9 metal crush eyeshadows in all new shades and 13 rainbow mattes, ranging from light to dark tones.  Looks amazing! You can see the palette on the Kat von D webpage here.  Urban Decay will also be releasing the ‘Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette’ for Holiday 2016.  The palette will contain 18 colourful shades ranging from white, bold and deep bright colours.  You can see a sneak peek photo on the Urban Decay Instagram pages here.

Nude colours more your thing? If so, you might like the new Bare Minerals Gen Nude Collection.  The Gen Nude Collection has 60 lip shades across 4 different finishes, including lipsticks, glosses, liquid lip colours and lip liners.  The range promises to provide nudes in a range of colour tones, such as beige, pink, peach and mauve.  Worth a look if you love nudes! You can read more on the Bare Minerals website here.  If you also like the idea of trying out the lipsticks but aren’t sure where to start, Bare Minerals is releasing an 8-piece collection of mini-sized Gen Nude lipsticks.  You can read more about the 8-piece collection here.

Do you like this sort of post? Any types of launches, make-up ranges or products you would like to read more about? Let me know in the comments section.

#1 Make-up Organisation and Storage: Lips and Cheeks

 

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One of my readers (shout out to Julie!) said that she would love to see how I organise and store my make-up collection.  I really enjoy reading this type of post on other sites so I thought, ‘why not put something together on my own site’?

It’s always fun to see how other people store and organise their make-up.  It’s also fun to look at pictures of other people’s make-up and see what they have in their personal collection!

Note: I’ve separated my make-up organisation and storage into articles based around different parts of my make-up collection.  Once I started writing, I realised that keeping it as one post was going to be too long and a bit overwhelming.  This first post is based around how I store my lip and cheek products.  If you want to know more about any of the products in the photos here, let me know.

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#1 Make-Up News

 

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Being a make-up lover, I love watching YouTube videos, reading make-up blogs and browsing in stores to see all of the fun products out there.  I thought it would be fun to write a new type of post passing on information on new products, collections and other make-up related goodness.  I hope you enjoy reading this type of post too!

I recently found out that a Charlotte Tilbury counter will be opening in House of Fraser, Glasgow! Very, very exciting, particularly given that there aren’t any counters in Scotland.  The counter will be opening on Thursday 8 September in the section where the MAC counter used to be located (MAC has moved to where Yo Sushi used to be).

Kat Von D make-up is coming to the UK and Ireland! The brand will be available exclusively to Debenhams online.  You can read more about the launch here.

Bare Minerals has just added to their foundation line-up with the new BarePro Performance Wear Powder Foundation.  BarePro is a pressed mineral powder foundation and comes in 20 shades.  You can read more about this product here.

Urban Decay will be launching several new products as part of their Fall/Autumn collection.  Products will include two Vice Lip Palettes, the Naked Ultimate Basics Palette (see more on Temptalia here), the Naked Ultimate Illumination Trio (see more on XSparkage here), Urban Lashes and Moondust liquid eyeshadows.  They will also be re-launching vintage eyeshadows, lipsticks and nail polishes as part of their 20 year anniversary.  You can see a sneak peek of the Fall/Autumn launches on the Urban Decay Instagram page here and the Teen Vogue site here.

Do you like this sort of post? Any types of launches, make-up ranges or products you would like to read more about? Let me know in the comments section.

My Holiday Make-up Bag

 

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When I’m on holiday, I like my make-up to be effortless and easy.  I like to look polished and nicely presented but I don’t want to have to spend much time getting ready.  When I’m visiting warmer climates, I also like my make-up to be very light and fresh; I prefer not to have much on my face at all.  Over the years, I’ve managed to whittle down my holiday make-up bag to those products that I know I will use.

I thought it would be fun to do a post featuring those products, as I know how hard it can be to leave products behind when you are a make-up lover! This post features my favourite face, eye and lip products for taking on holiday.

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