My Top Four MAC Lipsticks

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

(L-R: Russian Red, Retro, Plumful, Velvet Teddy)

The discovery of MAC lipsticks is one of those defining moments in the lives of any beauty enthusiast. Most people remember their first endeavour into the world of MAC lipsticks. Mine was Shy Girl, a shade recommended to me by the girl at the counter after I showed her my favourite lipstick at the time, Sleek Barely There. In hindsight it wasn't even a close match, and the colour wasn't great on me anyway (way too orange and nude), but at the time I adored it and wore it to death! Since then, I've tried my fair share of MAC lipsticks and whittled my favourites shades down to just a small handful. Let me talk you through them...

Russian Red
This lipstick is extremely well loved, as you can probably tell from the photos. Russian Red was one of my first MAC lipsticks and my first proper, grown up red. It's a classic deep red with a blueish undertone that seems to look good on all skin tones. It's a matte finish so it stays put for a good few hours after application, but still isn't overly drying. In short, this is my perfect red. I've tried many others since, both cheaper and more pricey, and Russian Red is always one I go back to.

Retro is my latest purchase from MAC and has quickly become a favourite. It's described as a "muted peachy-pinky brown", but appears as more of a rusty, red toned brown on my fair skin. I love this for days when I fancy wearing a slightly darker lip without being too bold. It's definitely more of an Autumn shade, so I imagine I'll be getting a lot more use out of this a few months from now.

This is one of my favourite, throw-in-my-handbag everyday lipsticks. Plumful is a rosey plum shade with cool undertones, and is probably one of the most wearable pinks I own. It's a Lustre finish so is incredibly creamy and smooth when applying, and gives a lovely wash of slightly sheer colour.

Velvet Teddy    
Velvet Teddy blew up a couple of years ago when word spread that it was the shade that Kylie Jenner used to get her signature 90's inspired, pinky brown pout. It's a matte "deep-toned beige" that's a good way to dip your toes into the brown lip trend as it's pretty universally flattering. On me, Velvet Teddy is a warm peachy brown, but it's worth checking out in store as it can appear either orange or pink toned depending on your skin tone.

The Test of Time

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Since deciding to revive this blog, I've been spending a little time reading over my old posts. As well as a pretty nostalgic trip down memory lane, it also proved to be an interesting insight into how my tastes have changed (or haven't, in many cases) over the years when it comes to beauty products. There are products that I once confidently proclaimed that I would use for years to come that I barely look twice at these days, while a fair few gems remain firm favourites of mine to this day. So, I'm throwing myself back into blogging with a run down of beauty products that have stood the test of time, as well as one that I've slightly fallen out of love with... 

I still use all three of my Naked palettes pretty regularly, but Urban Decay Naked 2 is my pick of the bunch. This was the first Naked Palette that I purchased and I'm still in love with the shades and quality of the shadows. YDK, a metallic brown taupe, is easily my most used of the twelve shades, followed closely by Tease - a matte mauve shade perfect for the crease. 

I grabbed a new pot of Nuxe Reve De Miel (original review) when shopping in London a few weeks ago, and I've honestly lost count of what pot number I'm on now. I slather this on generously as an overnight balm just before bed and throw it into my handbag for days out too. While the Bite Beauty Agave lip mask (a new US favourite) might have just knocked this off my top spot of favourite lip balms of all time, the fact that Nuxe is readily available in UK stores means it continues to be a firm favourite.

I’ve never been a lip gloss girl, so the fact that the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors (original review) caught my attention in the first place is impressive in itself. It's been a couple of years since purchasing my first lip perfecter and they're still a regular go to in my collection. A sheer wash of colour that leave a moisturising sheen on the lips, they're perfect for "no makeup makeup" days as well as for adding a bit of extra shine to lipsticks - what's not to love?

Origins GinZing Energy Boosting Moisturiser (original review) is one that I first reviewed almost four years ago, and there's still a tub (albeit an almost empty tub!) hanging around in my beauty drawers. I love Origins for their gorgeously scented moisturisers, and this cooling gel formula is the perfect light yet hydrating moisturiser to wear underneath makeup. Thumbs up! 

Onto the not so great. Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation (original review) is a foundation that I once stated I would repurchase "time and time again", and while I guess that's still true given that I bought a tube a few months ago, I'm just not as in love with the formula as I once was. I think this one might be down to the inevitable changes in my skin type as I grow older (my skin has gone from well behaved "normal" skin to a slightly more unpredictable combination skin type), but suddenly this foundation seems to cling to any dry patches and wear off my t-zone by lunchtime. It's now strictly reserved for perfect skin days, which is such a shame as the colour match is one of the best I've found. Luckily, since I've been forced to shop around I've found a new 'holy grail' foundation that is seriously amazing - expect a review soon!

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