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.
I was browsing in Boots last week and noticed that there were some new NYX products being featured at the front display section at the NYX counter. The new ‘Away We Glow’ collection includes two eyeshadow palettes and the palette called ‘Hooked On Glow’ really caught my eye due to the beautiful mix of peach, gold, brown tones. The Lip Lingerie Glosses looked really interesting, as the same shades were available in three finishes: regular gloss, shimmer and glitter. I ended up choosing Euro Trash in the Shimmer finish.
I haven’t started playing with them yet but I thought it would still be fun to show the products on the site. I’ll try to do a post update once I have been using both products for a while.
You can find more posts on the site featuring NYX make-uphere. You can also search for make-up posts on the site featuring various brands under ‘Faves, Hauls & Brands’/’Brands’ on the site menu bar.
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.
On a recent trip to Boots, I found myself browsing the NYX make-up counter and ended up picking up one of the Vivid Brights Coloured Liquid Liners in the shade ‘Vivid Violet’. The Vivid Brights range of liquid liners has been out for a while but I haven’t looked at them before. I’m glad I picked one up to try as I love it – relatively inexpensive, easy to apply and vivid, high impact colour in liquid form!
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!
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!
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!
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? Clickhere to see posts on the site using this palette!
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!
Interested in seeing other posts on Urban Decay products? You can view more articles, see photos and swatches on some of my favourite Urban Decay lipsticks, eyeshadows and paletteshere. Continue reading →
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’!