MAC Cosmetics Favourites Old & New

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Hello beauties, we all have a handful of brands that we love when it comes to makeup and MAC cosmetics are in my top 5. I first fell in love with them when I tried their studio fix Fluid foundation and knew I had to try so much more. I have put together my favourite products, some old favourites and some that I have newly discovered!

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MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

The first product I wanted to start with is my holy grail foundation. I have been using this for over 6 or seven years now and i still haven’t found a foundation that is as good! It has a medium coverage that can easily be built up to full, has a amazing colour range with a incredible 64 shades, looks so flawless on the skin, photographs well and most importantly lasts all day on my dry skin without needing a touch up. I can never be without this foundation and always make sure I have a back up bottle ready! It’s also worth buying the £4.50 reusable pump from MAC as this foundation doesn’t come with one. This retails at £26 for 30ml and I use the shade NC15.

MAC Instacurl Lash Mascara

A few weeks ago I found this mascara in TK Maxx for a bargain £7. I hadn’t tried any mascaras from MAC before so thought what a great way to test. I’m so glad I did as this mascara makes my lashes look so full and fluffy without giving the caked on spider leg effect. I really like the shape and design of the packaging as well as the wand. This makes it easy to get into every lash including the corner and bottom lashes. I find this super easy to take off and it doesn’t transfer throughout the day. This normally retails for £20.

MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinish

I was first inspired but this highlighter by fellow blogger Mufavourites when she reviewed it not so long a go. This extra dimension skin finish in the shade ‘whisper of gilt’ was first launched last year as a limited edition Christmas item (you may remember its festive snow flake design) but has since been rereleased this year. I’m a sucker for a light gold highlight, it’s suits my pale skin tone without leaving a cast and leaves a gorgeous wet look sheen to the skin, making it look healthy and giving it a inner glow. This can be worn natural by applying lightly or more intense by layering it or spritzing some setting spray before hand to make it blinding. This costs £25.50.

MAC Extra Dimension Blush

Im a huge fan of a bright pink blush and have lots of matte finishes so wanted to pick up a something with a shimmer. This Extra Dimension blush is in shade ‘sweets for my sweet’ which is a gorgeous candy pink with rose gold shimmers. I love that this can be worn really sheer for a pop of natural, healthy colour or built up for a more intense look. I will definitely be picking this blush up in a coral shade for summer as it doesn’t cling to texture and I love the smooth formula. This costs £23.

MAC Matte Lipstick

New to my collections are a few of MAC’s cult matte lipsticks. I had never tried them before and I’m so glad I have. They have a really smooth application thanks to the creamy formula and dry down to a matte. They have great staying power and don’t make the lips look or feel dry as it dries down. I picked up the shades ‘Beatrix’ which is a vampy berry shade with a metallic finish. Shade ‘modern temptress’ which a dark red with a brown undertone and ‘chilli’ which is a stunning dark smoked red. All three of these colours are perfect for autumn/winter and I can’t wait to add more to my collection. These cost £17.50 each.

MAC Mini Lipstick

Another lipstick newbie but this time in a mini version. Recently MAC released their cult lipsticks in a mini form for travel purposes or just for people to try out their formula for those who don’t want to spend full price. I picked up the shade ‘Twirl’ which is terracotta brown. These cost £10.

MAC Lip Pencil Liner

Lastly we have a lip liner, this came as part of a duo set with one of the full sized lipsticks above. This lipliner in the shade ‘auburn’ is the perfect shade to pair with the lipstick ‘chilli’. The pencils formula is super smooth and creamy and oh so pigmented. This can be used to line the lips or used to draw all over for a full colour. This costs £14.

From left to right- Lip Liner shade ‘auburn’, Mini lipstick shade ‘whirl’, Matte lipstick shade ‘chilli’. Matte lipstick shade ‘modern temptress’, Matte lipstick shade ‘Beatrix’, Extra Dimension blush shade ‘sweets for my sweet’ and Extra Dimension skin finish shade ‘whisper of gilt’.

Have you tried anything from MAC? What are your MAC favourites? Let me know in the comments below.

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Becca Backlight Priming Filter

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Hello beauties, if you read my Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions palette review then you will know that I put in a huge Cult Beauty haul which included the product that I’m reviewing today. I have heard many great things from YouTube reviews about the Becca Backlight primer being amazing for those with dry skin and it providing a gorgeous dew to the skin so I desperately wanted to get my hands on it.

Creators of the finest, skin-perfecting formulas, BECCA’s gorgeous Backlight Priming Filter is the secret to a gorgeous glow. Synonymous with effortless enhancement, BECCA’s multi-award-winning range stars rich pigments, soft hues and weightless coverage to facilitate an enviable, airbrushed effect – so you look naturally luminous (and absolutely flawless).

Packaging

Does anyone else get excited when a product comes in a glass bottle? There’s just something so luxurious about it, especially when it’s frosted like this one. The bottle has a study feel to it and has the gorgeous Metal design and logo on the top of the cap the same as the Skin Perfector compacts. This primer comes with a easy to use pump which is always a bonus. The only problem is I couldn’t imagine this being very travel friendly, but does look gorgeous on a dressing table.

Formula

This has a fairly thin texture, not thin enough to be runny as it holds its shape once pumped out. You will notice straight away that this primer has a strong citrusy scent to it. I personally love a scent but if that’s something you don’t enjoy then you will hate this. I think the scent goes very well and has a fresh skin kind of vibe to it.

I found this formula super easy to apply, I like to warm it up a little in my fingers and gently pat into my face. It’s a liquid consistency and soaks nicely into the skin. It has a peachy tint to it which is amazing at brightening the skins overall complexion.

Finish

You will see in the picture below that I applied it to my bare ‘matte’ skin on my hand and the how much of a gorgeous sheen this gives. It’s the most perfect glow without huge chunky glitter, giving the skin that wet look without looking oily or any greasy/wet feeling to it. I think this is perfect for those with dry skin to give that hydrated look and feel to the skin. I would possible avoid if you have oily skin as it could make your makeup look too oily as the day goes on. This looked so pretty underneath my makeup, just a healthy looking glow and thanks to the tacky feel after applying this primer, it did make my foundation adhere better and a little bit of dew showed through, which I personally love.

Price

Now the downside is the price, if you’re on a tight budget then look away. This primer costs £32 for 30ml. To me that is super pricey for a primer and I don’t usually have the budget. Luckily I had a discount code at the time so it wasn’t so bad but I will be using this sparingly and not every day just to make it last. I will literally cry when it runs out! You can find it here.

Have you tried any products from Becca? Let me know in the comments below!

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Rebecca

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Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation And Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer

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Hello beauties, continuing my search for the perfect foundation and making my way down my ‘to try list’ is the Nars All Day Weightless Luminous foundation that I see many makeup artists and beauty gurus raving about. I also picked up the Nars Radiant Creamy concealer as I had also heard amazing things about it being hydrating under the eyes. Keep reading to hear my thoughts on both as well as swatches and what it looks like on!

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NARS All Day Luminous Weightless foundation

All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation creates instant polished perfection with every drop. Its uniquely fluid, oil-free formula reinvents long-wear foundation, delivering full, natural-looking coverage with unexpectedly weightless, 16-hour wear.

Blendable. Breathable. Skin at its most beautiful. Ideal for all skin types and tones in 20 global shades.

Packaging

I’ve always been a fan of this style of simple yet sleek packaging. It comes in a frosted thick glass bottle that is very sturdy with the NARS logo printed on the front. You can see the shade of the foundation and exactly how much product you have left. I love the fact that this comes with a pump too!

Formula

What first sold me on this foundation was the ‘weightless’ aspect. I like my skin to look like skin but more flawless. I recommend giving this foundation a good shake before using as it’s texture is a runny liquid. It feels more like a BB cream or a moisturiser so I was skeptical about how much it was going to cover. Once I pumped out two pumps of this foundation and started applying with my Real Techniques sponge I was blown away by the coverage. Two pumps of product will provide you with a medium coverage but you can easily build it up with a extra pump if you’re after full coverage. It’s worth noting that the pump sizes seem smaller then the average foundation. This blends like a dream and it looks so seamless, literally looks like skin and you can’t feel that you have anything on. It makes my skin look extremely healthy and offered a satin matte finish. You will see in the photos below just how ‘weightless’ this looks.

Wearability

I was extremely pleased to find that this foundation still looked so pretty after a good eight hours wear. I’m a dry skinned gal and it didn’t cling to any dry patches or excentuate any texture. I didn’t need to touch up my makeup throughout the day and the only time I noticed a change was when i checked at the end of the night and saw it had broken up slightly on the outer corners of my nose. I think this will be great foundation for both oily skinned girls (I’d recommend using a matte primer to make it full matte) and for dry skin girls like myself as it does offer a satin matte finish. (I used the Becca Backlight primer as it gives a dewy effect so didn’t make the foundation look so matte)

Shade Range

In this range there’s 20 shades, the lightest is ‘Siberia’ which is a very pale shade and the darkest being ‘kartoum’ which is a deep tone. I love that they have a even number of skin tone options. I chose the shade ‘gobi’ which is light with yellow undertones.

Price

This costs £34 for the standard 30ml of product, this is a steep price for me but is the average price for a high end foundation. That being said I loved everything about this foundation so when I run out I will definitely be buying it again. If you are interested in buying you can find it here.

NARS Radiant Creamy concealer

Coveted by artists for its luxurious texture and luminous finish, NARS new Radiant Creamy Concealer evens skin with lightweight medium to high buildable coverage. Enriched with hydrating, multi-action skincare benefits and light diffusing technology, it creates a softer, smoother complexion while instantly obscuring imperfections and diminishing fine lines and signs of fatigue.

• Long wearing and crease-proof.

• Paraben-free, Alcohol free, Synthetic fragrance free, Non commedogenic.

Packaging

Housed in a see through tube with the same Nars logo on the front, this is another simple yet luxe looking product. This has a doe foot applicator which is very small, I’m not too keen on the applicator as I feel like it doesn’t allow you to get enough product onto your under eye area and feels quite stiff and drags a little on the under eye. I think a wider applicator would of helped.

Formula

Aptly named, this concealer has a very creamy texture, it blends out easily with my beauty sponge and gives a dewy effect under the eyes. This makes your eyes look more awake and hydrated. This definitely has a medium to full coverage and really did make short work of covering my hereditary dark circles.

Shade Range

There’s 22 shades on offer in this concealer, I picked up the shade ‘vanilla’ which has pink undertones, the reason I chose the pink one when I have a yellow toned foundation is to add a brightening effect to my dark circles by colour correcting as pink/peach counteracts blue/purple.

Wearability

After the initial application and once I had set it with a loose powder this concealer did look really pretty, however as the day went on it sadly started to crease and little lines were forming. This was fixable by lightly dabbing the area with my finger to smooth it out before retouching with some powder. This was super disappointing to me as the coverage and colour is so spot on.

Price

This concealer costs £24 for 6ml of product, which I think is a fair product for a high end product with such great coverage. You can find it here.

I’m really eager to try the Longwear foundation from Nars. Have you tried it? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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Rebecca

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Bargain Dupes To High End Products.

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I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we all love finding a cheaper alternative to a high end product. Although I love using both, I am not made of money and some makeup is ridiculously priced for what it is. Over the last few months (since I got back to blogging in may) I have been trying all these fab products out and have come up with a list of bargain dupes to some of your favourite high end products.

Just to clarify I have tried all of the high end products that I have found dupes for here today, although they are not photographed here. So it is a fair ‘dupe’. Whether that be in the form of a sample size or full size product.

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Soap & Glory Hocus Focus illuminator VS Mac Strobe cream

I was a little on the fence about posting this one as one is a moistoriser and the other is a illumanitor but they do give the same effect once applied to the skin. The Mac strobe cream is one of my favourites for a dewy base, so when I found this illuminator from Soap & Glory for a fraction of the price I was well pleased!. It provides me with the same, healthy looking glow underneath my foundation and doesn’t make my makeup apply any differently. There is slight difference in texture of the two but as I said the end finish is exsactly the same!. This costs £11 for 30ml and the Mac strobe cream costs £25 for 50ml. You can also use this a liquid highlight after base application!.

Collection Lasting Perfection foundation VS Too Faced Born This Way foundation

Both are two of my favourite foundations, but sadly the lightest shade in the Too Faced foundation is too dark for me because it oxidises, super gutted as I love the finish and coverage of it. Untill I found this foundation from Collection, although it is from a bargain brand it is the foundation I choose to you everyday, I have found it gives me the same healthy looking glow, covers a multitude of sins and also lasts throughout the day. The best part is that the lightest shade matches me perfectly and doesn’t change colour!. This costs £5.99 for 30mls where as the Too Faced Born This Way costs £29 for 30mls.

Freedom Pro Studio priming water VS Smash Box Photo Finish primer water

I received a sample of the Smash Box primer water and although I did like it I’m not a massive beliver that primer waters or setting sprays are that different in terms of what they have in them. After yet another TAM beauty haul I picked up this primer water from Freedom and as expected, it does exsactly the same job at prepping my face and keeping my makeup on all day. It even has very similar packaging! Seriously save yourself some money as the Freedom is £6 for 100mls and the Smash Box is £22 for 116mls.

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Loreal Paris Paradise mascara VS Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara

You have probably already seen this in many dupe posts since its release but I had to add it here too. People have had mixed reviews whether it is the dupe or not but I think it is very close!. It gives the same false lash effect and has a VERY similar applicator wand. The only difference in the two I have found is that the dupe tends to dry up quicker. But for the money you’re saving its nothing a drop of rose water in the tube cant fix!. The Loreal costs £11.99 for 6.4ml and the Too Faced costs £19 for 8g

Freedom Brow Pomade VS Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade

Love a fleeky brow? but don’t want to  pay a arm and a leg when you can get the exsact same product for over half the price?. I picked up this brow pomade from Freedom when I ran out of my ABH pomade and I’m so glad I did. I can say it works just the same, just different packaging.  Its very easy to use to create a stunning brow and they do it in a brilliant range of shades. The Freedom costs £5 for 2.5g and the ABH costs £19 for 4g.

Barry M Take A Brow clear gel VS Anastasia Beverly Hills clear brow gel

You may have noticed if you’re a regular reader to my blog that I use the ABH clear brow gel in most of my makeup looks. Well after a weekend of travelling to my boyfriends and forgetting my beloved brow fixer I had to pick up a alternative. I loved the idea of this one from Barry M because of the wand size. Although the wand shapes are different to each other the product itself has very similar formulas and make short work of making your brow hairs stay in place all day. This costs a bargain £4.99 for 10.5 mls and the ABH costs £23 for 7.93g.

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Focallure 18 colour eyeshadow palette VS Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette

Saving the best until last is this amazing palette I picked from Ali Express. At the time of purchase I didn’t notice that it was a amazing dupe when I bought it but it wasn’t until I receive it in the post that I realised just how similar the layout and most of the shades are to the Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette. Obiously some are different but that aside the palette is still beautiful and look at how well it swatches below,it has so much pigment!. The focallure costs £5.78 and the Huda Beauty costs £56.

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If you beauties know of any other dupes that I haven’t listed here put it in the comments below to help your fellow makeup lovers out and save them some money!.

Thanks for reading

Rebecca

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