MAC MLBB Contenders

Saturday, 6 February 2016

MAC Lipstick Collection Photos, Swatches and Reviews

Who am I? A lipstick post and not a single peachy hue is sight!  I've changed but I love it. While I'll welcome the brighter peachy shades come Spring.  For Winter I've been loving wearing darker dusty shades.  Today's post is on the newest MAC lipsticks that have made their way into my collection (and heart) and are all easy to wear, "my lips but better" options.

From top to bottom we have first up MAC Brave which is a satin finish.  Next is Mehr which is a matte. Plumful which is a lustre is after that and at the bottom we have Syrup which is another lustre.
Brave is described as a pinkish beige by MAC.  A creamy consistency even though MAC describe satin finishes as semi matte, this pulls a warm natural pink on me.  The matte lipstick in Mehr is a more mauvey/pink option. Opaque and lasting power is good yet this doesn't feel drying on the lips. Plumful is described as a dusty, rosey plum but it always leans more pink on me.  A sheerer wash of colour but it imparts a nice sheen.  Another lustre is Syrup which is a more mid tone pink.

Wow how many times can I say the word "pink" in one post?  But in all seriousness, these are universally flattering, everyday colours that I've been loving recently.  Any more I need to add to the MLBB collection?

A Belated What I Got for Christmas

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Louis Vuitton Zippy Multicartes in Chili Red
You may have noticed that I didn't publish a what I got for Christmas post as being the skincare and beauty lover that I am, I mostly received much loved and forever repurchased products from Space NK that you've seen countless times on LLA and gift cards!  Along with the cosiest cashmere socks and new pajamas from The White Company!

One gift that I'm really excited to share however is the Louis Vuitton Zippy Multicartes.  I know to some people, this is just something really small (literally) but being the mostly high street girl that I am with the exception of my Saint Laurent and Sophie Hulme bags, this is huge to me.  It's the first piece I own from the brand.  I received this with the orange accent (I think LV describe it as Chili Red) and in the monogram canvas print.  I know it is a card holder but I've been using it as a coin purse and there are several slots for cards in my Saint Laurent wallet and I like to keep loose change separate to that.  I love the grained leather and gold hardware and the bright pop of colour on the inside.

A small piece but it means the world to me.  Now cute is the mini dust bag too?  Now, if I could only justify buying the Neverfull to put it in...  What are your thoughts on the Neverfull do any of you have one?

Mad About MAC Mehr

Sunday, 31 January 2016

MAC Mehr Lipstick Review, Swatches and Photos
Late to it but never one to miss out on an opportunity to jump on a bandwagon, I recently picked up infamous lipstick that is MAC Mehr.

I often swatched it while at MAC counters but put off buying this for the longest time as I thought it would be too dark for my pale skin (MAC NC15 for reference) but surprisingly this has been very easy to wear.  It's a mid toned dusty, mauvey/pink shade.  On me at least, it is a very similar to MAC Brave which I also love.  As it's a matte formula it is long lasting so you do not have to worry about it transferring or reapplying throughout the day.  Weirdly, I find some MAC matte lipsticks to be more drying that others.  This glides on smoothly and doesn't settle, it feels almost creamy on the lips and though super long lasting it is still comfortable to wear.  

It's definitely more pink than nude on me, so I've been pairing this with MAC lip liner in Soar.  These two are definitely my new favourite combo!  Perfect for nights out with a smokey eye but also for every day wear.

Still Smitten With Smith & Cult

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Smith & Cult Kundalini Hustle
Smith and Cult is fast becoming my new favourite nail polish brand.  The obsession continues, as I picked up another shade recently while in Space NK.  That you may have seen in my recent haul.  I seemingly cannot physically go into the store without checking out the display.

On this occasion I bought the opaque poppy red that is Smith & Cult Kundalini Hustle.  This will be my go to shade for Spring.  Not too orange nor too pink.  At €23 they are not the cheapest, thank goodness for N.dulge loyalty points!  The packaging is beautiful, with the large glass bottle and over sized hammered lid.  (Which you remove to reveal a smaller one that's much easier to work with!)  Too pretty to not be left on display!  All of the opaque cream colours look beautiful.  The two I've now tried are easy to wear and universally flattering shades.  Smith & Cult polishes have the exclusive 5-Free formula, made without dibutyl, phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and camphor. The creamy texture and wide, square brush means that these are dream to apply and go on smoothly and evenly. Opaque in one coat but I like to build it up to two and these dry down to a high shine finish. Probably one of the most chip resistant brands I've tried, these are incredibly long wearing.

There's no denying it, it began here and now it's love! What shade(s) do I need next?