my top ten M.A.C neutral shadows!

Neutrals are a must have im pretty sure if you ask any MUA  they will admit to doing colourful tutorials or using lots of colour on clients but usually go for neutral tones on themselves. I think when you get older you tend to relax into earthy tones. When I was 18 you couldn’t get me out of a bright Green colour called Bay from Bnevertoobusytobbeautiful now a days im much happier breaking out my neutral palatte. Now don’t get me wrong that doesn’t mean I play it safe far from it! Neutrals can be played up or down and make blue eyes pop. There are so many beautiful shades out there but here are my top ten from M.A.C.

10. Nylon  (FROST)

This beautiful pale gold works perfectly as a shimmery highlighter I love to use it on my cupids bow and even as a cheek bone highlighter. It’s Super Pigmented and has a really great colour pay off.

9. Bisque (MATTE)

Bisque has recently been discontinued and I for one am totally devastated! Such a beautiful creamy silky matt beige that although doesn’t look like it would blow anyone’s mind in the pan is so beautiful on. I have hit pan on Bisque 3 times now and I’m going to have to go really easy on what I have left. It’s perfect for blending two colours.

8.Orb ( SATIN)

Orb isn’t too dissimilar to Bisque it is a really creamy beige but with more of an Peachy Ivory tone. It is perfect as an all over wash or as a really pretty highlight without being too shimmery.  Works great as a contour for the super pale or as a highlight for darker skin. I love it but I think it’s definitely worth testing it before you buy it as it might not work for everyone.

7. Shroom (SATIN)

Another lovely beige (i know you’re probably thinking how many beiges does one person need? but trust me shroom is a must have) way more subtle than the others ive mentioned.

 

6. Soba (SATIN)

A very handy colour for filling in my dark blonde brows. Soba is a brown gold with gold shimmer. The Shimmer is fine so there is no chance of sparkly brows. But thats not all folks its a lovely conour shade for when you are feeling a little more neutral than normal.

5. Sable (VELVET)

I LOVE LOVE LOVE SABLE! A beautiful Gold Plum with Bronze Pearl that can be played up or down i love to wear this over hush cream color base it blends beautifully and looks really nice with patina, jest or all that glitters for bridal looks.

4. Jest (FROST)

Okay so it really was a toss up between all that glitters and jest, but  jest won in the end because well its so pretty and it goes with every other neutral I’ve mentioned in these posts. Its a beautiful peachy pink with a slightly icy shimmer to it. I love to use it as a colour to blend out darker and lighter shades.

3.Woodwinked (VELUXE PEARL)

Woodwinked can be a bit touch and go on some skin tones its such a strong bronzey gold colour that it takes a big chunk of confidence to pull this over as an all over colour but if you can do it then why not. As a super pale girl this antiqued gold shouldn’t work on my skintone but somehow it works so i’m not complaining!!!!

be brave and go get some!


2. Satin Taupe (FROST)

If there was onlone shadow in the world i would want it to be this beautiful Taupe with a silver shimmer. This is such a beautiful shade on everyone its warm and sparkly without being overkill perfect on its own or blended with a cream colour base.

1. Twinks (VELUXE PEARL)

M.A.C say on their website that this is a deep plum with pearl reflects. To mean its much more of a dark brown colour but i adore it! That is why its my number one it is just stunning on every skin tone and compliments every eye colour.

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Tutorial: Wet look Shadow

For this look I have mainly used M.A.C products. Feel free to use any dupes you like this look can be done in any colour so there are no rules. Apologies for the shocking quality of the photos my camera is currently m.i.a.

 

 

1. Start by applying a cream shadow all over the lid. I have used M.A.C Cream colour base in Hush but any pearly primer will work (KVD for Sephora have a wonderful one called Stellar or you could use Urban Decays primer potion) . I love using hush because it gives the eye this really beautiful glow and compliments any shadow used over it! 

2. Next using my M.A.C 217 I buffed in some Sable Shadow over the lid, It has a lovely pearly shine that really compliments any eye colour. If you want to stay with a striking neutral colour but don’t own Sable I would recommend Twinks, Patina, Satin Taupe or Woodwinked- All that glitters would also work well with Hush for something a bit pinker.

3. I then blended Hush and Sable together using a clean 217.

(Note) If you wanted a nice striking day time look stop at step 3 pop on some mascara and some eye liner and you’ve got a lovely look that could bring you from office/college to the dance floor.
4. Next I sprayed my 217 with M.A.C mineralize Skin Hydrating Mist (you can use water) and applied some M.A.C Nylon shadow to the brush. This really brings out the intensity of this beautiful pale gold frost.

I applied this lightly from the inner eye to mid way across the lid and blended lightly. I also brought this under the inner corner of the eye for a real shine.

 

5. Bend into Sable using your 217. Take some Espresso Shadow (or similar dark brown) I used a matte as mixing textures gives a lovely effect. Lightly blend into the outer corner (not too much just a bit to add some depth)

6. Next wet a pencil brush such as a 219 or use a flat angled brush if you find it easier ( you can use it dry if you find it easier to control).Using any Black Matte Shadow I’m using Lucifer from KVD for Sephora True Romance Ludwig Pallet ) Start in the inner corner and line the top of your lid, if it is easier for you pull your outer corner and then apply. Wing it out at the end, you can blend this for a softer look. Bring this black under the inner and outer corners of the eye. If you want to add a bit more staying power to your liner apply liquid liner on top of the shadow. Blend under the eye.

 

7. Add a bit more Hush to your brow bone and apply your favourite mascara I used Clinique High Definition Mascara in Blackest Black. 

 

 

 

Hope you enjoy recreating this look. Please send me pictures if you do I would love to see it!
 And again i really am sorry about the shocking picture quality!!!

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Make a Splash!! REVIEW MAC CHARGED WATER

M.A.C Mineralize brought out there Charged water Collection last year. Needless to say I was very excited. This collection was brought out especially for people with incredibly dry skin. (That would be me!) I Bought Charged Water Cleanser, Charged Water Skin Hydrating Mist & Charged Water Moisture Gel/ Gel Creme.

I love this Collection the Gel Moisturiser soothes skin and makes it feel instantly refreshed. My only problem with it was that I had used the whole pot in a month and at €35 it wasn’t something that I’m in a hurry to buy again. Although I absolutely adore it and my skin felt like silk after it it’s too dear to buy monthly. (Update… I have since repurchased this four times and have learned to use it sparingly…very sparingly)

The Cleanser is the best! its a non rinse formula which I find just so handy I leave this on my night stand, which mean I no longer wake up every morning looking like Alice Cooper. Again It’s fairly easy to fly through this cleanser but I find it the best I’ve used so far. It’s nice and rehydrating and feels just like water. I can’t stand anything oily on my face and this is the most natural cleanser I’ve found so far.

The Skin Hydrating Mist is okay. I wasn’t as blown away by it as I was the other two. It’s supposed to be like a “drink of water” for your skin. It refreshes your skin and also sets make up. To be honest I’ve had this for well over a year now and I’ve barely made a dent on it. If you tend to get cakey makeup from powder this is a great product to bring your face back to life. It pretty much does what it says it will so no complaints really here. I like to use it for wetting brushes to use on eye shadow to get an intense colour. Its so good if you have any mineralize Mac products just spritz your brush with this and the intensity of colour will knock your socks off!!!
it’s good but really not a product i couldn’t live without!

Basically if you have sensitive dry skin like me I reckon you will love these products but your wallet probably won’t…
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Blushing Beauties…

Well here it is the first post… eep pressure much??
anyway forget that! on to more pressing matters.
 
I am basically a little obsessed with blush, bronzer & highlighter anything cheeky really. 
Sculpting powers?? bring it on! I’m ready get the bronzer out! lash it on and off you go! on a hangover day you can pass for a real live well functioning member of society! Hangover be gone!!!!! You are no match for the power of my make up bag!

I love Blush be it Cream or Powder, I love it! Nothing gives you that Healthy “Oh no I always look this fabulous” Glow as well as a good slick of Blush, Highlighter or Bronzer! Now I could go on forever about Make up for your cheeks but it’s quite late as I write this so I will try not to babble on too much.

I’ll just give you a quick run down of some of my favourite “cheeky” products!! (the list is almost endless but these are my ‘always in my car/bag for emergencies’ picks!)

Also since compiling this I’ve realised I may be a harbouring a little M.A.C addiction.

 M.A.C  MARGIN

 

I got this little beauty on a whim last year. Normally I would steer well clear of anything peachy coloured but I took a risk with this one & I haven’t looked back since! Its fantastic as a contour (I am very pale so it makes for a much more realistic contour than a lashing of bronzer) or I apply this one lightly over any high points of my face (ie. Cheekbones Nose Forehead) to make it appear as though the sun actually noticed my pasty body dying for attention! It’s the most beautiful Frost powder blush. A lovely peach colour with a slight shimmer to it! Give it a go its a must for all the porcelain skinned ladies out there (& I know there is many of us) but it would  compliment any skin tone as it is pure magic!!

 

Illamasqua SOB

 

 

 

Okay I should start by telling you that in my eyes Illamasqua can pretty much do no wrong! If you are looking for wonderful vibrant highly pigmented products with amazing staying power then Illamasqua is for you. Sob is the most vivid pink cream blush you will ever find! Its reasonably priced at around £16.50/ €19 (Only available in Ireland from http://www.illamasqua.com/shop/products/face-and-body/sob-cream-blusher debenhams.ie or Asos) & you get such a good colour pay off that you only need to apply a tiny amount. I’ve had this blush for about 3 years now &  I have barely made a dent in it. Trust me its not from lack of trying, It’s probably my favourite of all my blushes but it’s so pigmented it could last me a lifetime. It also leaves your cheeks with a dewy finish which I adore. It is perfect under your foundation for a slight flush or on top of your make up for more of a statement. To apply I dot this on my cheeks with my finger & blend in with a stippling brush. 

M.A.C HUSH

 

 

 

Hush is on my list of favourite things ever. It’s up there with my dog, my boyfriend, my family, Cheese! Hush is in the same league! Its a Cream Colour Base Frost. And it’s the most beautiful peachy pearl colour with a shimmer. It’s an instant healthy glow. It is a wonderful highlighter which is what I bought it for but then realised it really wows as a base on lids. Now I use it everywhere. I throw it on my lids when in a rush or blend eye shadow into it! It is amazing I’ve repurchased this bad boy 3 times and its not because there’s no product in it there is i just love itttttttt!!!. If I was stranded with only one product this would be it! I cannot stress how much I adore this! I will no doubt write many a blog about the wonders of hush but for now you should know your life is not complete without it!! 

 
M.A.C Ladyblush

If you want to look the picture of health this is the blush for you, Its Amazing! 
It lifts the skin in a way ive never seen with any other blush before its kind of ridiculous!
It so good it should be illegal!!! 
It’s a Blush creme so it blends really well and is really pigmented so a little goes a long way! this is one of my favourite products of all time i love love love it!

Smashbox BAKED STARBURST

I have never really been a big lover of Bronzer in fact I got this as a gift off my Mum (who is a diehard Smashbox fan!) about 6 years ago. I wasn’t so sure but once I tried it on it was love at first sight. I think the reason I was always weary of Bronzer was well I didn’t want to look tangoed but my my was I wrong. I discovered contours! 

Smashbox really are a great brand & the Soft Fusion Lights collection is no exception. Baked Starburst is a really beautiful mix of light to medium bronzer which are slightly shimmery! I have bought it over and over and will continue to do so as long as they keep making it! They also make a lovely highlighter wheel the same as this called Stardust which is well worth a try!

Benefit THRRROB

 

 

I’m sure by now you have realised I love a rosy flushed look. When you are born with porcelain skin you have two options You can join the legions of poorly fake tanned ladies or you can embrace your Alabaster self. I chose to do the latter & in doing so I discovered my love of pink cheeks. Pink is flattering to any skin tone. To be honest Its a colour that I tend to ignore in all other aspects of my life but when it comes to lips and cheeks i’m all over it!. Now I’m sure you are aware of the beauty of benefit blushers. They are light and feathery they don’t cling to dry patches or oily skin they are extremely blend-able & you can build up colour without getting the “caked on” look. They are packaged in lovely little boxes with a handy little brush which means you can pop it in your bag without needing to worry about your big fluffy brush getting damaged! It’s packed and ready to go for you now if only it could clean your house…