Monday, 30 June 2014

MAC Monday: Sharon Osbourne collection part 3 - Mineralize Skinfinish in Refresh

MAC Sharon Osbourne Mineralize Skinfinish in Refresh

So here it is - my third installment of my recent MAC Sharon Osbourne Collection haul. This was a collection that I was really drawn to because the products are just so pretty! As you will know from my previous posts, I really indulged myself with the beautiful Duchess Eye Shadow Quad (review HERE) and the Patentpolish Lip Pencils (review HERE). But this week's MAC Monday post is dedicated to the MAC Sharon Osbourne Mineralize Skinfinish in Refresh.

Normally I'm not fanatical about bronzers, highlighters and blushes. I will buy them if I think I need the shade but I don't have the same irrational need that comes into play when I am choosing lipsticks (where I need ALL of the lipsticks in the same shades...). I chose the Sharon Osbourne Mineralize Skinfinish in Refresh because I liked the idea of a bronzer and a highlight in the same pan. I will admit that a certain element of shopping frenzy came into play when I ordered, as the collection had literally just gone live online and I didn't want to miss out!

MAC Sharon Osbourne Mineralize Skinfinish in Refresh

Like the rest of the Sharon Osbourne Collection, the packaging is red instead of the standard MAC black. The clear plastic lid also has Sharon Osbourne's signature across it in lilac. The lid clicks shut so I would be confident that the packaging is sturdy enough to protect the product if you kept it in a make up bag or a handbag.

MAC Sharon Osbourne Mineralize Skinfinish in Refresh

Monday, 23 June 2014

MAC Monday: Sharon Osbourne Collection Part 2 - Patentpolish Lip Pencils

MAC Sharon Osbourne Patentpolish Lip Pencils in French Kiss and Ruby

If you read last week's post you will already know that I had a MAC splurge on the new Sharon Osbourne Collection. Last week I reviewed the Duchess Eye Shadow Quad (HERE). This week I wanted to show you the two MAC Sharon Osbourne Patentpolish Lip Pencils that I bought.

A few weeks ago I snapped up four Patentpolish Lip Pencils when MAC first released them (which I reviewed HERE). The name is quite misleading as they are actually chunky lip crayons that deliver sheer lip colour with a balm type feel. When I bought some of the original Patentpolishes I read that there would be some additional colours as part of the Sharon Osbourne Collection and I made sure I pounced on them as soon as they were released! These are the same formula as the original Patentpolishes but the packaging is red with Sharon Osbourne's signature in lilac.

MAC Sharon Osbourne Patentpolish Lip Pencils in French Kiss and Ruby

The two colours that I chose were French Kiss and Ruby. The Sharon Osbourne Collection also has Patentpink (a cool toned Barbie pink) and Innocent (a sheer almost clear nude) which were part of the original release. But I skipped past those as it was the new colours that I was excited about.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

The Battle of the Foundations: High End Products

The battle of the foundations

Recently I have been experimenting with new foundations. This little project originally started as a search for a good high street foundation so I could save my beloved Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua for special occasions. Then during the winter I started trying to find a higher coverage foundation to even out my blotchy winter skin tone and my search slowly crept higher up the price scale. There are great high street foundations but I haven't found one that performs as well as my favourite high end ones. So several months and many purchases later I have given them all a good trial and it is about time I gave you the low down on my findings!

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Lancome Galateis Douceur Cleanser: A review

Lancome galateis douceur cleanser

For the past several months I have been using micellar water as my go to cleanser and make up remover. In particular I have been loving the L'Oreal Skin Perfection Micellar Water (see my review HERE). It is amazing eye make up remover but I have read reviews recommending that you also use another cleanser.

This is where the Lancome Galateis Douceur Cleanser comes in. I haven't used a cleansing milk for years and years, so when I was lucky enough to be sent a bottle - I was keen to give it a try!

Monday, 16 June 2014

MAC Monday: Sharon Osbourne Collection pt 1 - Duchess Eye Shadow Quad

MAC Sharon Osbourne Collection Duchess Eye Shadow Quad

Aside from my well documented MAC obsession, I was really excited when I first saw details about the MAC Osbournes collection. This wasn't because I hold any particular fascination with Sharon or Kelly Osbourne, but because I thought the Sharon Osbourne collection looked really amazing. Quite often in a MAC collection there are one or two stand out items, but this time I wanted nearly everything!

MAC Sharon Osbourne Collection Duchess Eye Shadow Quad

Having a habit of waiting to see swatches online before taking the plunge I often miss the boat. This time I already knew exactly what I wanted by the time the collection released online. I even continually scoured the internet for a couple of days waiting for the moment that the products appeared online. The big UK launch was in Selfridges last week and the collections were available on their website exclusively for the first day. I always resist buying online from Selfridges as I hate paying the huge delivery charge and I don't live close enough to click and collect. Luckily Debenhams sprang to my rescue the next afternoon and I immediately ordered my selection. Thank God I did! By that evening some of the products were already out of stock.

Monday, 9 June 2014

MAC Monday: MAC Teddy Eye Kohl

MAC Teddy Eye Liner Kohl Pencil

When Anna at Viviana Does Make Up asked her readers for the perfect warm brown eyeliner, the overwhelming response was MAC Teddy Eye Kohl. I had forgotten that I had this in my stash as one of my first MAC purchases. This was a great prompt for me to rediscover it.

I always use eyeliner and I always go for a brown. Somehow black eyeliner just looks too harsh on me, the only exception being if I was going for a really dramatic liquid eyeliner look. Oddly though my mascara is always black - its just a combo that works well for me. If eyeliner has too much of a grey or cool tone to it it accentuates the dark circles under my eyes and makes me look tired. But a warm toned brown with hints of red, gold or bronze works really well and brings out the blue of my eyes. MAC Teddy Eye Kohl definitely has that warm golden undertone which looks better on me. It also has a pretty pearl type finish to it which makes it a little more interesting than a matte brown.

Monday, 2 June 2014

MAC Monday: MAC Please Me matte lipstick

MAC Please Me Matte Lipstick

I was raving about MAC Kinda Sexy Lipstick recently (which I reviewed HERE) when one of my lovely readers asked whether I had ever tried MAC Please Me Lipstick? Both of these are from MAC's matte range. I love Kinda Sexy so much that I have been keen to try some other matte colours. I was convinced and immediately went online and ordered it!