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My M.A.C Lipstick Collection

Ah, M.A.C lipsticks. M.A.C was my first makeup love and it’s a brand I always go back to.

M.A.C have 13 different lipstick finishes… Yes that’s right… 14! I only have their regular and permanent finishes so I’ll stick to them today but please let me know if I should try any of their other finishes in the comments!

Glaze finish: I don’t have any glaze lipsticks but I have been eyeing off Hue for a while now. They are the sheerest out of their range and have the smallest wear time so you have to re-apply quite often which is mostly what turns me off buying any.

Lustre finish: I’m quite a big fan of the lustre finishes. They don’t have the best wear time (around two hours) but that doesn’t bother me at all. They are quite sheer which makes them an easy-to-wear every day lipstick! Most of the lustres have a bit of a sheen (but nothing too full on) so if you aren’t big on that I’d stay away.

Cremesheen finish: I have to say, I have a love-hate relationship with the cremesheen formula. They are super creamy (as the name suggests) so don’t dry out your lips at all and have a nice opacity but they tend to wear off quite patchy on my lips. I don’t mind having to reapply my lipstick every two hours but I do mind if it leaves me looking like a weirdo in the mean time. They are a beautiful lipstick none the less and I find that some of them wear really nicely!

Amplified finish: This is one of my favourite formulas! They are super pigmented and wear beautifully on the lips! They aren’t matte or drying but are in no way glossy either. They last a good amount of time on my lips too and I tend to only have to reapply once in a work day.

Satin finish: Satins are my favourite! They are similar to the amplified formula in their pigmentation and last power but I find them to be even creamier and little less glossier again. One step closer to matte whilst still looking 3D.

Matte finish: M.A.C’s matte lipstick are my favourite matte lipsticks. I don’t find them to be drying but I’ve heard a few people say they do so maybe keep that in mind if you have super dry lips or a prone to cracking. They also last FOREVER! Brill!

Retro Matte finish: The retro matte formula is like powder on your lips. I only have one retro matte and I absolutely love the colour but I probably won’t be buying any more of the formula. You have to make sure your lips are super moist before applying this or you’ll look and feel like you just smeared dry cake mix on your lips.

M.A.C lipsticks are honestly my favourite! There are so many different finishes and colours that you are bound to find something that tickles your fancy. Hopefully my massive collection helps you in choosing either your 50th (if so, I’m jealous!!) or 1st M.A.C lipstick!

So, here it goes. My 25 (yes, I said 25) M.A.C lipsticks.

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Pinky/Peachy Nudes:

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Myself, Plink, Honey Love, Shy Girl

Myself (lustre – limited edition): This is one of my go to lazy-day-nudes. It’s perfect if you are looking for an easy to wear nude.

Plink! (lustre): This is my FAVOURITE lipstick of all time! It’s easy to wear and ties a look together without being too over the top. I’m on my second bullet. You deserve to have Plink! in your life!

Honey Love (matte): This is one of my favourite standout nude lipsticks. It is very nude so it makes a great statement lip paired with a smokey eye.

Shy Girl (cremesheen): Can you tell I like lipsticks you can throw on without thinking? This is a creamier, peachier version of Myself and Plink! and it is just as pretty.

Brown/Neutral Nudes:

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Viva Glam V, Modesty, Faux, Twig

Viva Glam V (lustre): This is like a mix between Myself, Honey Love and a brown lipstick. It’s sheer, easy to wear and absolutely lovely.

Modesty (cremesheen): Modesty is pretty much the same shade as my lips so I can’t go wrong with this one.

Faux (satin): This is probably my second favourite M.A.C lippie. I absolutely love Faux! It brings everything together and is one that I often throw on for work to look neat.

Twig (satin): Ah, Twig! You are beautiful! This is one I opt for if I’m feeling a bit more classy. It’s warmer than Faux but still in the same family of nude.

Corals:

corals Ravishing, Coral Bliss, Vegas Volt

Ravishing (cremesheen): This is my number one lipstick over the Spring and Summer months! It’s super easy to wear and brightens everything up!

Coral Bliss (cremesheen): Coral bliss is very similar to Ravishing but I find that it isn’t as easy to wear for every day (slightly more neon) but it’s still a beautiful shade.

Vegas Volt (amplified crème): Vegas Volt = the mother of all coral lipsticks! … and the amplified crème formula rocks my socks off.

 

Pinks and Purples:

Pinks and PurplesViva Glam Miley Cyrus I, Good Kisser, Kelly Yum-Yum, Impassioned, Pure Heroine

Viva Glam Miley Cyrus I (Amplified – Limited Edition): This is not one for the faint hearted but boy howdy does it deliver on pigmentation. If you’re looking for a bright warm pink jump on this one before they sell out!

Good Kisser (Matte – Limited Edition): This is very similar to Viva Glam Miley but in a matte formula. Sometimes you feel like matte, sometimes you feel like creamy. Keep an eye out for Good Kisser in any future collections is you are pink lipstick lover.

Kelly Yum-Yum (Satin – Limited Edition): This is pretty much the same colour as the very popular permanent Candy Yum-Yum by M.A.C but in a satin formula instead of Candy’s matte which I personally prefer. It wears beautifully and is a lovely bright, cool toned pink.

Impassioned (amplified): Impassioned is another warm toned bright pink that is to die for! I find that I can even get away with this for workwithout looking like I’ve walked in from a night out.

Pure Heroine (amplified – Limited Edition): This was created in collaboration with the Queen Lorde herself so you know it’s a good one! I wear this on days when I’m feeling especially badass and ready to take on the world.

 

 

Blue-Based Reds:Blue Based Reds


 
Viva Glam I, Viva Glam Rihanna, Ruby Woo, Gospel, Hang Up

Viva Glam I (matte): This is one of my all time favourite reds! It does not budge but isn’t to drying and doesn’t wash out my alabaster skin. Two thumbs up!

Viva Glam Rihanna (frost – limited edition): I absolutely love the colour of this lippie but am not completely sold on the glitter. It’s lovely none the less but certainly not my go-to red.

Ruby Woo (retro matte): Ruby Woo is a classic blue based red that would suit any skin tone! My only complaint is the formula. I’m not huge on the retro-matte formula as it can be quite drying but if I prep my lips well enough it’s an absolute winner!

Gospel (lustre – limited edition): I mostly got this because it was a red AND a lustre finish… WHAT? I do have to build it up as I find one layer looks like my lipstick is wearing off but It gives the lips a lovely ‘bitten’ look with a few layers.

Hang-Up (cremesheen): This was my second M.A.C lipstick and one of my all time favourites. I love whipping it out during Winter and Autumn and find that it wears a lot longer than my other cremesheens! Yay!

 

Orange-Based Reds:

Orange Based Reds Excite, Lady Danger, My Inner Femme

Excite (lustre – limited edition): Again.. A lustre AND a red?! This is just as beautiful as Gospel! I tend to wear Excite more in the warmer months! It’s a lovely day-to-day red.

Lady Danger (matte): Lady danger is a classic and for good reason! It is an absolutely amazing orange-based red!

My Inner Femme (amplified – limited edition): This is the newest member of my M.A.C lipstick family and I am very proud to welcome it! My inner femme is a stunning orangey red with a creamier formula than lady danger making it more wearable day-to-day.

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Well there you have it! I think we all deserve a pat on the back and lip mask for making it through that! I hope it helped you in some way, even if it was just that it made you feel less guilty about how many lipsticks you own.

Let me know what M.A.C lipsticks I should try next!… Or recommend me a good psychiatrist. Your call.

Stay Beautiful,

M xxopen lippes from side

 

Spring Nail Polish Faves 2015

For the southern hemisphere at least, spring is here! With it comes the sunshine, blossoms, cute baby animals, and short sleeved t-shirts we’ve been daydreaming about all winter. With our change in clothing and makeup it only seems appropriate that our hands get-in on the makeover too! So, without further ado, here are my top 5 picks for spring nail polishes! Perfect for welcoming in that springtime sun:

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Strawberry Margarita | OPI

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I’ll admit, this is one of my favourite colours no matter the season, but spring is when Strawberry Margarita really comes into its own. This is the perfect pink. It’s bright enough for the sunny weather but not too over-the-top that you feel like 80s Barbie. Best of all it suits all skin tones! I’m as pale as they come and it still doesn’t wash me out. On the other hand, it also really compliments darker skin tones and enhances any tan you might be getting from the added sun exposure at this time of year. This nail polish is definitely a sound investment! Get it in your life.

 

Lilac | Matte It! by Sportsgirl

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The Matte It! range by Sportsgirl are all cool and different! As the name suggests, it goes on looking like your regular nail polish and then dries to a beautiful matte. It’s a bit trippy but the results are really fun! Lilac is my favourite of the range as it’s a bit deeper than the lighter pastel purples and lavenders that most brands put out at this time of year, whilst still remaining soft enough for spring.

Unfortunately I think these polishes were limited edition, but here is a similar shade!

 

Heavenly Girl | p2 Cosmetics

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Blue nail polishes aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, I know. I’ll admit I was a bit hesitant the first time I sported the colour, but I’m so glad I did. There are some gorgeous blue shades out there for all times of year, and p2’s Heavenly Girl is just perfect for spring. It’s the colour of the blue springtime sky and will have you dreaming of lying on the grass and watching the clouds float by. Give it a go, you’ll be so glad you branched out!

I can’t find a link to the p2 polish, but here is a similar share from China Glaze.

Passion | OPI

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When in doubt, go nude. For nail polish at least! In other areas of life that is probably terrible advice. Keep your clothes on people, let your nails do the talking. Passion is a gorgeous pink-based nude, or perhaps a nude-based pale pink…I’m not sure, but whatever it is it’s completely stunning. With one layer it’s a beautiful sheer hint of pink, but built up it becomes a chic nude colour that will perfectly compliment the soft colours of spring.

 

Trout Pout | Butter London

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I couldn’t mention spring without mentioning coral. Spring has us whipping out coral makeup, coral clothing, coral jewellery…everything is coral. So, to accompany this trend, and to enhance any tan you might be slowly building in the recently returned sunshine, I present to you Trout Pout. With my ruddy skin tone, I generally cannot pull off coral, but somehow Butter London has managed to develop a colour that suits even me! They describe it as a ‘opaque cantaloupe’ and I think that pretty much nails it (excuse the pun ;-P). It’s gorgeous. You will love it.

I hope you’re enjoying the spring sunshine lovelies! What are your favourite nail colours for Spring?


Be happy, N x

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Juice cleanse – Finale

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WOOP! WE DID IT!

 

Three days post juice cleanse and I’m feeling good! The third day was a lot easier than the two before it and I finished on a high!

 

I’ve slowly been adding healthy solid foods back in to my diet (that muffin was healthy right?) and have been feeling really good! I cooked a chicken and veggie stir fry on Friday and have had that for my dinners and lunches at work over the weekend, which has been handy, healthy, and super yummy!

 

I didn’t lose any weight doing the cleanse but I do feel a lot better. I was feeling pretty run down before hand with uni and work and just feel a lot more lively. I have actually been having the red juice for breakfast every morning and find now that I am full a lot quicker than I was before. YAY!

 

So, the question that everyone has been asking… Would I recommend the juice cleanse? ABSOLUTELY! I was in such a slump with food before I did the cleanse and now I feel a lot better and ready to start eating healthy (apart from that muffin- sorry)! I would recommend the juice cleanse to anyone who wants to train their body to start liking healthy foods so it isn’t so hard to eat them anymore and to anyone who is keen to kickstart a healthy stage.

 

Yes, I know, it’s only been three days since I finished but I can honestly say that I feel the best I have in months!

 

What are you waiting for?! Get juicing!

 

-M x

Juice Cleanse – Day 2

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It’s day two and I’m feeling it. I started today off with an exam, then headed straight to work before heading back to uni and my juices just didn’t seem to do enough. I’m feeling tired and bored of drinking all day but I did pass my exam so it hasn’t been all-bad!

 

I tried the red and green juices today and have to say, I think they are my favourites! I think I’ll definitely be making them for tomorrow so I finish on a strong/super yummy note.

 

Bring on tomorrow (actually bring on Thursday and solid foods)!

 

Stay strong troops! Remember, in the words of Troy Bolton, “We’re all in this together!”

 

-M x

 

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