MAC Haul & Review

MAC Haul & Review

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I’m am super excited about this post! I have been meaning to do it since I got home from Fiji and I’ve finally gotten around to doing it! So when we walked into the international airport I wasn’t expecting too many shops or anything… But as soon as we got through the door I saw the MAC counter, and oh my, I was excited! I was planning to buy some ugg boots but that certainly did not happen! The first time I went to the counter I bought three products, but after tea we still had some time left… So I went back and bought some more! Let’s not actually talk about how much this would have cost though… All in all I was super excited because it was the first time I had brought MAC products. The closest place to buy it is five hours away from where I live! So this post will be a review / haul on all the stuff that I bought. Let’s get on with it! Enjoy…

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The first thing I bought, and actually needed, was the Studio Fix pressed powder in NW20, and I literally have no words for this stuff. It is flipping incredible! It is by far the best powder I have ever purchased. It covers so well even without a foundation underneath which is perfect for school mornings when I’m in a rush. And it stays on all day! It is just the perfect consistency and colour for my skin and I will definitely be buying again when it runs out! I highly recommend this!

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So the next thing I picked up was this Mineralize Blush in the colour Azalea in the Afternoon, and it is to-die-for! I actually spent ages looking for a blush colour and this one wasn’t actually on display; the lady working at the counter got it out to show me and I am so glad that she did! It is just a gorgeous pinky rose colour with a hint of gold, and it looks quite subtle on the skin, which is exactly what I wanted. I did think it would be slightly darker, but now I am glad that it isn’t, because I do have a natural blush. I am so happy with this product and would also recommend it, but if you’re going to buy it, be quick because it is limited edition!

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The next product is the Matte Eye Shadow in the colour Charcoal Brown. So far I have only used this to fill in my brows and I really like it. It stays on all day, doesn’t smudge and is the perfect colour for my brows! I like to apply it with an angle brush to get a good shape too. If you’re looking for a good shadow to fill in your brows, this is a great choice! I didn’t really see the point in buying one of the brow trios that other brands make because I knew I’d only use one colour, so this is perfect!

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The next product I’m not really sure why I bought… There is just something about hot pink lip stick that draws me in! Looking back on it, I wish I had of got a nude pink colour, but none-the-less I still really love this colour. It is the Cremesheen Lipstick in the colour Lickable by the way! I haven’t had a chance to wear this all day yet, but when I did put it on, the consistency and pigment was so amazing, so I am very keen to try this out!

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The last thing I bought was the Cremesheen Glass Lip Gloss in the colour Pagoda and it is so gorgeous! I have worn it to school everyday since I bought it! It is quite a sticky lipstick which is a little annoying but I love the colour, which is why I have been wearing it so often still. I also have a lipstick in a similar colour so I will try it over top of that sometime soon. I’m not sure if I would buy this exact product again, I would have to try some other glosses to see if I find anything better!

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Above are some swatches of the blush, lip gloss and lipstick in that order.

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This last thing isn’t MAC and I didn’t buy it while I was away, but I wanted to share it anyway! I bought this ‘purse’ from Forever New a couple of days after I got back with no idea what I was going to use it for but I decided that it was the perfect thing to put my make-up touch ups in to fix my makeup after school and before work. The outside feels like leather and I absolutely love the floral print on it. The inside is silky and also has a small pocket. It is the perfect size and doesn’t take up too much room in my school bag or hand bag, plus it was only $15, which I thought was cheap for Forever New! Definitely buy this if you’re looking for a new compact make-up bag.

Thanks for reading, Shona Mimi xx

February Beauty Favourites

February Beauty Favourites

So this is my second blog post! And my first beauty post! Every month I will try do a review on my favourite beauty products. Also expect some outfit ideas, bargain finds, make-up tutorials & DIY projects, plus some general life stuff! Comment if you have any other suggestions of what I could do!

Foundation Final Edit

Starting with foundation, I have been using two different ones, although I do seem to use the Rimmel Wake Me Up more often than I do the Maybelline Fit Me. They both provide fantastic coverage for the whole day and are easy to apply. I found that I prefer applying them with a circular sponge rather than a brush. As far as blending goes, I find that the Rimmel Wake Me Up just seems to do it better for me, however it is a thicker consistency. Another plus is that it comes in a pump bottle whereas the Maybelline Fit Me doesn’t – I have to poor it onto my hand and sometimes I get too much, which just wastes it! If I had to choose between the two I would definitely get the Rimmel Wake Me Up.

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When it comes to powder & bronzer, I always take them everywhere with me! They are perfect to touch up after school, before I go out or after I have finished playing sport. Plus they’re the only things I apply to my face when I can’t be bothered doing anything else. These past few months I have been using the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder and the Rimmel Natural Bronzer, which is also waterproof! These too products stay on all day, even if I don’t use a primer! I would definitely recommend these, and they are even an affordable price!

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These are my summer must haves – Maybelline Baby Lips! I don’t think I have ever used a better lip moisturiser than these! I probably re-apply it up to five times a day! They come in tons of different colours and flavours and they leave your lips feeling super smooth! I apply these before I put on my make-up, again afterwards and before I go to bed and if not during the day. I also apply this before I put on lipstick, which helps to prevent your lips looking cracked! Definitely go and buy a stick, you’ll be addicted!

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Another lip product I have been using is the TBN Colour Lipstick, not because I’m a huge fan of them but because they’re as cheap as chips! Only $2.50! I would have gone and bought the same colours in a lipstick that was better quality but I don’t lipstick very often so I didn’t think it was worth it. They are great for about the first hour of wear, but after that they don’t last very long, especially when you are eating or drinking! The last time I wore it was for four hours and I had to re-apply it at least twice which was a pain! But still, they are cheap and a great way to see if you like the colour before you go and buy something more expensive. Pictured from left to right is ‘Mwah!’, ‘Kiss Me Under the Mistletoe’, ‘Affairs of the Lips’ & ‘I Don’t Kiss and Tell’.

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I have two favourite mascaras – Maybelline One by One Volume Express which I have actually loved and repurchased for a year now and Rimmel The Max Volume Lash which I bought this summer simply because it was waterproof. The Maybelline one has a rubber brush, which I love! I hate using any other brush on my eyelashes now! Which is why I don’t like applying the Rimmel one, but I just use it before I go swimming or when I’m playing sports. It also gives just as much volume and coverage as the Maybelline one but I just prefer the other brush! I know I would probably like other mascaras too, but it’s just one of those things I don’t like to change because I’m so particular about my eye make-up. The Rimmel one is the first waterproof one I’ve ever bought so I do like it but maybe there’s a better one you guys use? Comment below if you have a favourite one!

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The skin care products I have been using lately are from Garnier, and I love them! I use the Daily Deep Clean Foaming Gel daily in the shower and it really controls my oily skin and leaves it feeling fresh and clean. However, I wouldn’t recommended this to people who have sensitive skin – it does make my skin sting on some occasions. I have also been the Pure Active 3 in 1 as a face mask, 3-4 times a week and it’s fantastic! It leaves my skin feeling so smooth and refreshed, especially after a week where I’ve worn heavy make-up often. These products get a huge thumbs up!

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So if you have naturally blonde hair like me, you will probably own a purple shampoo & conditioner; this is the best one I have used by far! It is the Edward Beale Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner and my hair has never been and looked healthier! My hair feels so smooth and silky after every use and I only have to wash my hair every three days! Plus they come in pretty bottles… 10/10!

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Lastly, I bought these Toni & Guy products after I got about 1.5 inches cut off my hair (which I regret) … And I think they’re great! The first one is the Classic Spray Gel, which I put in my hair when it’s wet, then I scrunch it. It just gives my hair a nice wave, but not too messy. The second one is the Casual Sea Salt Spray, which I put in dry hair to give it some texture before putting it up. Two great products to your hair collection!