New In My Makeup Bag, MAC

Thursday, 22 September 2016

MAC InstaCurl Lash Mascara Review and Swatches
As a blogger/beauty writer integrity is of the utmost importance to me.  So in the interest of maintaining that, full disclaimer as always, the lot in this post was sent to me/a PR sample. But I'm just so bloomin' excited by all of these products I could not wait to share these with you.  Seriously, I just wanted to apply it all at once and try out everything immediately. So I did.  Ahead of my trip to SuperValue to do the food shop...

First up, MAC InstaCurl Lash Mascara in Instablack.  Wow, call me impressed by the level of curl this delivers.  I thought it might be a bit gimmick-y but no, aptly named as it gives Insta' worthy lashes!  Twist the cap and the wand curls.  See it in action here.  Two mascaras for the price of one!  Long, lifted and most importantly curled lashes.   Mascara but not as you know it, one with a twist - literally. 

MAC Cream Colour Base in Hush.  Lightweight, blendable and multi purpose - what's not to love. I'm not typically a fan of cream products but I have not experienced any issues with this on my oily prone skin and it doesn't emphasise my pores.  I'm quite pale, MAC NC 15 for reference, so I use this as a (beautiful, dewy) highlight.  Hush is a warm and peach toned shade.

When it comes to eye pencil, I'm loyal to MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy which I wear almost daily so was excited to try the MAC Kajal Liner in Squid.  These are twist up and have a gilde on, semi opaque formula. Squid is described as a carbon black.  For day time, I prefer more warm, neutral shades but this has been my go-to for evening looks.

Two products I may have squealed at the discovery of MAC Retro Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Fashion Legacy.  I was unsure as to how this lip colour would apply but it is dreamy.  Applies smoothly, it is a rich, pigmented orange-y red with a matte finish.  It dries down quickly and is comfortable to wear.   MAC Lip Pencil in Redd is a gorgeous bright red shade.  It wears well and doesn't cling to or highlight dry patches and fades to a nice stain.

You'll know from all of my tweets, blog and insta posts like these that I'm a huge MAC fan and I've been loving all of these products.  In depth, full (rave) reviews are coming!

*PR Sample.

New In, Essie Nail Polish

Monday, 19 September 2016

Essie Ballet Slippers & Spin The Bottle Review

Recently, I picked up the most perfect Essie duo, In The Mood For Nude.  Yes, my love for Essie shows no signs of waning.  Let me introduce you to two shades that you absolutely need in your collection.  Two iconic nude colours Ballet Slippers and Spin The Bottle.  

Ballet Slippers - the classic.  A sheer, pale pink for the ultimate neutral, healthy, polished manicure. A cult favourite.  One of Essie's most beloved shades.  Loved by celebs, bloggers and beauty insiders alike.  One coat imparts a sheer wash of colour and two delivers a subtle pink hue. Ultra wearable and universally flattering, I think this would compliment most skin tones.  A go to, works with everything pick.

Spin The Bottle - is a more pigmented option.  A chic, creamy beige nude.  Similar to, if not slightly warmer than Topless & Barefoot.  An incredibly flattering colour that goes with just about everything. Long lasting and as it has a cream formula, it is easier to apply and achieve opaqueness. 

While I can't wait for Autumn/Winter to wear berry hues and rich burgundy shades, my heart lies with neutrals, which I wear year round.  You will know from posts like the one on Essie Master Plan that I'm just too emotionally invested in a nude nail.  I adore both of these equally.  My most worn for weeks have been from the Essie In the Mood for Nude duo set which you too can buy from Boots when you too only needed to buy cotton wool... 

In all seriousness, you really cannot go wrong with this combo!  What are your favourite Essie shades?

Chloe Susanna Dupes from Office

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Office Lucky Charm Studded Boots Styling
These are my third pair of these boots from office.  This season they are called Office Lucky Charm Studded Boots.  They are black leather boots with gold studs and hardware.  They may have had a different style name previously but last year, I had them with silver hardware and the year before that I had them in gold!  It's safe to say, I LOVE these.

I picked these up recently.  Autumn, I'm ready for you.  I've previously declared how much I love this season here!  Bring on all the cosy nights in, the return of hot chocolate season (yes, it's a thing!) binge watching Netflix on the sofa with the fire on and Autumn/Winter dressing.  Can I please just buy all of the knitwear, skinny jeans and ankle boots now?  These are the best dupe for the Chloe Susanna boots I've seen.  I've been stopped on several occasions and asked if they were there real things.  One day Michelle, one day...

Anyway I digress, back to these beauties.  They are super comfortable.  I love the gold detailing and they are the most perfect throw on, go with anything ankle boot.  My wardrobe is mostly black, white and grey so they go with everything.  Oh Office Lucky Charm Boots - it's love!  Well, my heart lies with the Chloes boots but this is a more justifiable love...