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!

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Kiko Glow Fusion Powder Highlighter in 01 Champagne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a sneak peek of products I picked up from a recent trip to Kiko (click here to see the post).  As part of the ‘Metal Fusion’ collection, there are powder highlighters which are also available in the permanent Kiko range.  I already have the Glow Fusion Powder Highlighter in 01 Champagne, which was included in the ‘Metal Fusion’ collection.  This highlighter gives such a beautiful, natural glow to the face that I think it is well worth a post!

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Kiko Metal Fusion Blush in 05 Outrageous Tangerine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a sneak peek of products I picked up from a recent trip to Kiko (click here to see the post).  I picked up one of the new blushers from the limited edition ‘Metal Fusion’ collection in the shade 05 Outrageous Tangerine.  I am glad I got this blusher as it looks so beautiful and glowy on the cheeks!  

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Too Faced Chocolate Gold Eyeshadow Palette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debenhams recently launched the Too Faced Chocolate Gold Eyeshadow Palette online and I just couldn’t resist getting it.  I don’t have any of the other Too Faced Chocolate Bar palettes but this one really appealed to me.   The palette is filled with a mixture of brightly coloured and neutral metallic eyeshadows, as well as some matte shades for blending.  It just looks soooo beautiful and it smells incredible too!

Looking for combination ideas using the Too Faced Chocolate Gold Eyeshadow Palette? Click here to see posts on the site using this palette!

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Urban Decay Naked Heat Lipsticks: Fuel and Heat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Urban Decay recently launched their Naked Heat collection, including an eyeshadow palette, three Vice lipsticks and a 24/7 eyeliner.  I picked up two of the lipsticks (Heat and Fuel) and the eyeliner (Torch) as I loved these particular shades.  I don’t have anything else like Fuel in my make-up collection and Heat is just such a beautiful, burnished coppery-red shade.  Wonderful additions to my make-up collection!

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Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in ‘My Digits’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of my favourite plum lipsticks (MAC Craving) finished a while ago (sob!) and so there was a wee plum coloured gap in my lipstick collection.  Rather than buying the same shade again, I really wanted to try out a similar shade from another brand.  There is something really fun about trying out a similar shade from another brand, particularly one that I haven’t tried before.  Enter Smashbox ‘Be Legendary Lipstick’ in ‘My Digits’!

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Kat Von D Saint and Sinner Eyeshadow Palette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When the Kat Von D ‘Saint and Sinner Eyeshadow Palette’ launched in October at Debenhams, it took me a wee while to decide whether or not to purchase it.  Not because of the shade selection or the quality (it’s amazing on both counts!) but due to the £52 price tag.  The palette costs more than I would usually spend on an eyeshadow palette and so I really wanted to make sure it would be a good investment for me before forking out for it.  Now that I have it, I am soooooo glad that I got it!!!!

Click here to see combination ideas using this palette (first look posted on 27 November)!

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Kiko 3D Hydra Lipgloss in Shade 26 Sparkling Hibiscus Pink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Around Autumn last year, Kiko launched their new range of lip glosses: the Hydra Lip Gloss, touted as a ‘softening lipgloss for shiny, plumped lips’.  I purchased shade 26 Sparkling Hibiscus Pink to try when they came out and love the glossiness, pigment and non-sticky nature of the formula.  I recently purchased shade 16 Iridescent Ruby and love it just as much (let me know if you would like to see a post on this shade too).  It’s been a while since I have written a Kiko post so I thought it was time to put a post together on this fabulous product!

Interested in reading more posts on Kiko make-up? Click here to read about other products I have tried out and love from the brand.

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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.

Here’s how to re-create this look:

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