My MAC Quad

My MAC Quad

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Left to right: Sable, Mulch, Coppering, Deep Damson

I first started creating my MAC Quad back in 2015. I didn’t really want to start one of the huge eyeshadow palettes as to be quite frank, I didn’t have the money to spend on eyeshadows that cost £10 each. So I ended up opting for a quad as it was the cheapest option. The first two colours I picked up were Mulch and Sable. I did a lot of research, Watched countless ‘My Mac palette’ videos on YouTube before I made the decision. I must admit They are pretty similar, but trust me they arent. I’ll start with Sable, Which is a described as a red brown with bronze. It’s also a Velvet finish so It’s got a little bit of sheen to it. I love this colour all over the lids and on the bottom lash line for a smokey look. Now onto Sable, Which is classed as a ‘Frost’. It’s descirbed as a Gold Plum With Bronze. I also love this all over the lid with a darker colour in the crease and outer corner. It’s stuch a lovely smokey shade but with a little hint of gold in there.

Next up are two purchases that we’re influenced by Jaclyn Hill. She did a YouTube tutorial on a sunset golden purple toned eye. I know, It sounds as amazing as it looks. So as soon as I saw that I assumed I would go to MAC, pick up the eyeshadows and become as good as Jaclyn when It comes to blending. Obviously that didnt happen as I dont think shes human. Shes too good. But I gave it a good go.. The two colours mentioned where Coppering and Deep Damson. Coppering is a ‘Velvet pearl’ and is described as a Orange Copper. The names gives it away really. It’s such a gorgeous colour. I use this on the middle of my eye, Blend into the outer corner and then add Deep damson. Deep damson is a ‘Matte’ Finsish and is described as a deep burgandy. I add this to the outer corner and blend away. I love how It add’s definition to the eye without being your typical dark brown.

Even though back last year I wasnt interested in getting a bigger MAC palette, I think its about time I extended my collection as they are really good eyeshadows. Any suggestions?

 

Millie

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils | REVIEW

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils | REVIEW

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When I first saw these, I couldn’t wait to try them. I’m all about no fuss make up. I love the idea of an eyeshadow pencil you can draw all over your eyelid, blend and your ready for the day. So I was very excited when i picked these up. They have quite alot of shades to choose from but i opted for 619 RUST which is a deep burgundy berry shade and 611 YOGURT. My plan was to put Yogurt all over the eye (that kinda sounds funny) and put Rust in the outer corners and lower lash line and blend. I hadn’t read many reviews about these which is quite unusual for me, I usually read loads before buying anything so i went into this little unknowingly. I’m not one for bad reviews, But I really didn’t get on with these. They swatched amazingly in the shop so I was really surprised when I put these on the following day. They are quite a wet formula So when you blend them they kind of just move around the eye. It’s quite hard to explain but they left me eyes looking really patchy and shiny. If you have dry eyelids then this might work out okay for you with a primer, But I have oily eyelids so maybe that’s why they didn’t work well. I was so disappointed as I really liked the colours of these and I have never seen the burgundy colour in any other eyeshadow stick. Don’t worry I’m not going to leave these post on a downer, I’ve got a few other options of eyeshadow sticks that work really well.

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DSC_0390.JPGBehold….Kiko’s Long Lasting Stick in 06 and Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon In Amber Haze. I couldn’t leave this blog post without giving a few other options. I picked up both of these aggggesss ago but they are my go to for when I’m in a rush. I love using them in the mornings before work as you glide them on and blend and your ready to get on with the day. AND they don’t budge. See, I’m not all doom and gloom today!

 

Millie

My Favourite Blushes

My Favourite Blushes

I’m not usually one for blush, I’m not gunna lie. I always forget to put it on and think ‘Damn, I forgot my blush, AGAIN’. But sometimes when I am spending time on my makeup (around probably 3 hours, to my boyfriends dismay) I like to whip out a few blushes. Today I’m gunna show you my favourites, The ones I reach for most….

The Balms How do You Like Them Apples Cream Blush Palette

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It’s a good looking’ palette isn’t it? I actually got this from my boyfriend for a birthday. Boyfriend points were indeed rewarded and I have to say he did a good job. It’s such a good palette. Now i wasn’t sure whether to include this as It’s not just one blush BUT why the heck not, I love it! So as you can see, My favourite is Cider. A gorgeous pinky beige nude. Looks amazing on the apples of the cheeks and blends amazingly. I actually first tried these blushes when i received a sample in my birch box. I love the formula and the way it applies. It doesn’t drag my foundation around when I try to blend and it just looks darn beautiful.

 

NYX Baked Blush In Ignite/Passion 

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This is a recent one for me, But I already love it. I’ve used it every single day since I’ve had it and that’s good for me since like I mentioned above, I’m crap at remembering to put it on. it’s just my perfect blush colour. Orangey toned golden goodness! When It’s on the cheeks it adds such a flattering shimmer, It makes you look so healthy.

 

Max Factor Puff Blush In Seductive Pink 

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This is my go-to winter shade. It’s quite a berry toned blush so perfect with a dark lip in autumn. Although It is a powder, It’s so creamy and pigmented. It glides on beautifully and just adds a nice little berry pink shade to the cheeks. Although this one has taken a step back during the summer months, I will definitely be getting this out ready for September/October time when the autumn arrives.

 

MAC mineralized Blush In Warm Soul

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A classic in the beauty world. MAC mineralized Blush. If you haven’t tried one, give one a go. I love this colour specifically because it warms my face up. It’s abit bronzy, abit peachy and alot gorgeous! I just love how it applies and it just completes any look. Can always rely on this one to add a healthy glow.

 

Miss Sporty Insta Glow In Luminous Beige

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This blog post has made me realise I have a lot of blushes that look kinda the same….ahwell they all seem different to me! This one is another gorgeous golden Beige shade. What I like most about this one is that it has tiny little specs of gold running though it, Not so much that you end up looking like a disco ball but just enough to add a gorgeous sheen to the cheeks. It’s pigmented and creamy, Everything you look for in a blush. It’s also cheap so my purse loves it too.

 

Millie

OOTD: Visiting Some Waterfalls

OOTD: Visiting Some Waterfalls

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I’m on a OOTD roll at the moment! When we went away a few weeks back I though it would be a perfect opportunity to take as many outfit pictures as possible, Which is exactly what I did. So here’s another one coming your way!

Whilst in Wales we visited devils bridge, Which is a breathtakingly beautiful place. With Achient bridges, windy paths, spectacular views and gorgeous waterfalls. It is one hell of a trek but so worth it to see the views and waterfalls. The day I went it was pretty warm so I decided to wear shorts. The shorts I took with me where a loose pair from New Look because I didn’t want anything tight because it was so hot and they are super comfy for walking in, Surprise surprise they were khaki, just like the majority of my wardrobe. I didn’t really plan a top to go with this outfit, I kinda just shoved any one on that was clean. It worked out quite well, I think it goes together rather well, If i do say so myself!  I picked up the top from Newlook not to long ago. It’s stripy and has tassels. Who doesn’t like tassels? As we was going to be walking quite far, I came prepared with my Vans. They are incredibly comfy and I love how they are a classic pair of shoes that never get old! I also took my little shoulder bag although thinking about it, It wasn’t that practical as I had to lug around my camera all day. Ah well, Looks good.

 

Millie

The eyeshadow gods have spoken…ABH Modern Renaissance Palette

The eyeshadow gods have spoken…ABH Modern Renaissance Palette

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My legs go weak just looking at the thing.. I mean isn’t it just the best thing you’ve ever seen. I recently did the risky thing of browsing the Cult Beauty website. Not for anything In particular, I Was just minding my own business and out of nowhere this palette caught my eye. I had heard a lot of good things about this palette from across the pond in america and had eagerly been awaiting its arrival. well of course before you knew it I had selected check out, put in my details and parted with my money in the matter of seconds. We will start with price, You should probably take a seat as it’s a hefty one. It’s £41. Which works out to around £2.92 per eyeshadow so If you look at it that way It’s actually quite reasonable, Right? I can justify anything though so no one can take me shopping. To me you’ll need everything you touch! So anyway the postman turned up and I pretty much ripped his arm off, All he has to say is ‘makeup?’ and I ekkkk in excitement. He knows. I ripped open the packaging to reveal this beauty. This is probably my favourite packaging on any make up product. It’s a gorgeous dusty pink in a felt sort of material. Feels like good quality anyway. I have always preferred a warm eye colour on myself, I just think It suits me better. So to sum it up, This palette is literally made for me. It’s got every colour in there you’d need to create a warm eye look. I of course couldn’t wait to get home from work so I swatched it at work. They are so incredibly buttery and pigmented I don’t think I’ve ever tried eyeshadows like it, And I’ve tried a lot. As soon as I got home, I decided to try it out properly and just to show you how gorgeous they are, This is the look I created. Excuse my stupid face.

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So I’m sure you now want to see the swatches right….. here ya go!

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Right to Left: Tempera, Golden Ochre, Vermeer, Buon Fresco, Antique Bronze, Love Letter, Cyprus Umber.
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Right to Left: Raw Sienna, Burnt Orange, Primavera, Red Ochre, Venetian Red, Warm Taupe, Regular.

These we’re from just one swatch so you can see how pigmented they are. My favourite colours have to be Burnt orange for my transition colour, Regular for my crease, and Love letter and red ochre for the outer corned and lower lash. But that being said, I do belive i’d use every eyeshadow in this palette. Let me know if you would like to see some eyeshadow looks using this palette. I cannot explain how much I love this palette. This and Tartlette In Bloom are my top faves. I can see this taking the top place though.

 

Millie

Clarins Lip Oil VS Barry M Lip Oil | REVIEW

Clarins Lip Oil VS Barry M Lip Oil | REVIEW

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The battle of drugstore vs high end has been going on for years, With many victories to each, I wonder whether we could add one more? I recently picked up the Barry M Lip Oil In Cocoloco because I’ve always wanted to try a lip oil. I like the idea of having an oil on the lips instead of your bog standard balm. It sounds more moisturising. So I had heard of the Clarins lip oil ages and ages ago but to me £19 was a lot for a lip product. I know, sounds stupid considering how much money I spend on makeup but my brain works in strange ways. So I picked up the Barry M Lip Oil from boots for £4.99. My plan was to try the lip oil and see how I got on with it before taking the plunge and getting the clarins one. Barry M have just released these,They have two options available, The one I have and one called Berry good. (Obviously berry flavour). I picked the coco loco one because it smells of coconut and I love me some coconut. After trying it for around two weeks, I though what the heck and I decided that I’d pick up the Clarins Lip Oil In Honey too and compare the two. I’ll start with the applicators and packaging first…..

Barry M Coco Loco Lip Oil

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I’ll be completely honest here, I never really like Barry M packaging. But I guess I am being a little critical as they’re products are predominantly aimed at teenagers and are on the slightly cheaper side so you can’t really expect fancy packaging, Its more about the products inside. The applicator on this Is your typical slim doe foot applicator you’d find in a lip gloss. I like a doe foot applicator so i really got on with this, Although I do think mine is broke as the doe foot rolls as I apply it to my lips. I can’t seem to find anything about this on the internet so let me know if you have had the same issue or if its meant to be like that….But it is still useable and I actually quite like that it does that. It doesn’t apply too much so you’re not left with extremely sticky lips covered in your hair and anything else thats wants to stick to them.

Clarins Lip Oil In Honey

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Well as you’d expect from Clarins, The packaging is very fancy. I’m a sucker for fancy packaging, Some times that’s the only reason I’d buy a product. I also love gold so they had me sold when I saw it! I’ve also never seen a applicators like this. It’s a very big doe foot applicator so perfect for my big lips. It applies just the right amount so you don’t waste any or apply too much. It’s also quite stubby so I feel like you have more control.

The formula of both are quite similar. They are quite thick although not too much that your lips kinda feel ‘heavy’. It just enough for them to feel moisturised. I prefer to use them at night time as bit of a lip treatment but they also work well on there own in the daytime, They make your lips looks healthy and plump.

Overall, I don’t thing there is a winner. I actually really like both of them. I feel like I would definitely use both of them. Neither of them are too thick and sticky, They both glide on nicely and both moisturise my lips. I feel like since using them my lips are not chapped at all and feel so plump and moisturised. Not to forget the Scent of them both. I feel like if your on a budget, Definitely try the Barry M because It does just as good as a job as the Clarins, But if you enjoy luxury products them the clarins if definitely worth the money.

Millie