Favourites: Cheek products

For the second part of this series I’ll be mentioning a few cheek products that have been included in my makeup routine for quite some time now. Some of these are old favourites, and some are newer discoveries. Sometimes it’s nice to try out new things, but I know that once I’ve found something that I love, it’s hard for me to resist using it all the time!

Ok, let’s get into the good stuff.

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Mac Mineralise Skin Finish in ‘Give Me Sun’ 

I think I may have found my new HG bronzer. I was having a look and a play at my local Mac counter a few weeks back, and overheard a girl with a similar complexion to mine asking about a bronzer. She wanted one without shimmer (like me), and the assistant recommended Mac’s Give Me Sun. I had never thought of using something like this as a bronzer, as I didn’t think it would do much for my skin tone. Once the other girl had made her purchase and left, I asked the same assistant about the bronzer and asked if she could try some on me. She applied it with a contoured blush brush in the ‘3’ motion, sweeping the product across my temples, under my cheek bones and down under my jawline. I looked in the mirror and was actually quite surprised – this powder is so light and blendable, yet it gives the most beautiful, sunkissed effect on the skin. If there’s one thing I cannot stand, it’s bronzers that are overly pigmented or too dark, so you end up with a patch of colour that is impossible to blend out – I definitely don’t have that problem with this bronzer. I like to use a big powder brush, and blend this around the outer edges of my face, just to give me a bit of colour. It’s perfect for both winter and summer, and I’m sure will last a long time.

 

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Stila’s All Over Shimmer Duo in ‘Kitten’

This was another recent purchase of mine from Mecca Cosmetica. I am quite new to the brand Stila, and before this only owned a lip glaze set I bought on Christmas clearance. I saw Shaaanxo using this on YouTube, and it made her skin look dewy and lively, something I definitely seek with my dry complexion. I know Stila is famous for Kitten, so I thought I’d give this a shot. I have to say that this stuff is truly a stunning product for the price. The powder is finely milled, so you’re not going to end up with chunks of glitter on your face, but will achieve more of a sheen that glows when the light catches your skin. The fact that this comes with two shades – a more pink based highlighter, and a more bronze one, makes it that much more versatile than other highlighters. I’ve been rocking some Mac Woodwinked swept over and under my lid, bold brows, and the golden side of this highlighting powder across my cheekbones. I do think this half flatters my warm skintone more than the pink, but I’m not really bothered and happily wear both sides.

 

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Nars blush in ‘Deep Throat’

Deep Throat (nice and crude, just the way Nars likes it!) is a pinky peach blush with gold flecks and a shimmery finish. The blush is housed in Nars’ signature packaging, a plastic snap container with a velvety, rubberised case. I love the feeling of these products, but boy do they get dirty.
I know Nars is famous for Orgasm, which I also own, but I find that Deep Throat is more universal and can be worn with a variety of eyeshadow or lip combinations – I think the coral in Orgasm is what limits its uses, in my opinion. This is probably my all time favourite, HG blush, which you can probably tell – I’ve just hit pan on it. You need the smallest amount (tapping off excess product is a must as this stuff is suuuuper pigmented), and a light dusting on the apples, then pull the colour back to your hair line. I find this is the most natural application, as I naturally don’t blush on the apples alone. I think this colour would compliment a variety of skin tones, as you can really sheer it out, or build up the opacity.

 

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Mac blush in ‘Gingerly’

For a while, I was on the hunt for a more natural, matte blush. I have my fair share, believe me, of coral and pink, shimmery blushes and felt like trying something new. I had heard good things about Gingerly, so stalked some reviews on YouTube and Google, and set on out to my Mac counter to give it a shot. Don’t get me wrong, I do love a bright blush, but sometimes I like to tone it down a little. This blush goes perfectly with a nude pink lipstick and a dark smokey eye (I don’t like putting bright blushes and busy eyes together, it’s a little overkill), and gives a warm, natural flush to your cheeks and warms up your complexion. I’m not sure how this would look on fairer skin, it could be a little muddy. If you’re medium or tan, this blush would compliment your skin beautifully.


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Mac’s Mineralise Skin Finish in ‘Soft and Gentle’

What’s a favourite cheek product post without Mac’s Soft and Gentle? I mean just look at that thing, it’s like something from outer space, right? I absolutely love this highlighter. It is on the warmer side, with an array of browns and golds swirled into its baked texture. Like Deep Throat, you need a tiny amount for a natural glow, but can build it up, say, for a night out. If you’re concerned about having to spend a bit more on something like this, don’t be – this stuff will last you a lifetime; I’ve had mine for about 4 years now, and it still has its original domed shape! I do have other highlighters that I like to use every now and then, but I always divert back to this one, HG highlighter for sure.

 

So those are my current cheek favourite products. Have you used any of these and, if so, what do you think of them? What are your go-to cheek products?

 

Thanks for reading everyone :)
Rosie xx

 

 

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New Additions: Stila In the Light, In the Moment

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So I did some cheeky online shopping a little while back on Beauty Bay and picked up a couple of palettes by Stila: In the Light and In the Moment. I’ve had my eye on these for quite some time, particularly In the Light, the more neutral of the two. Every time I ventured into my local Mecca store I’d swatch the buttery, sparkling shadows and sigh in awe – I just couldn’t bring myself to pay $68 AUD for each palette.

I knew Beauty Bay had Stila products, but I hadn’t been that drawn to the brand and never took the time to check it out. It turns out that the website (which ships free internationally, by the way), sells a broad range of Stila products – including the two palettes I’d seen in Mecca. I was overjoyed! These each cost me $39 AUD, so I practically ended up getting two for the price of one. Shipping took about a fortnight, but what’s a couple of weeks when you’ve got $40 in your pocket?

In the Light consists of more neutral shades that will work for a range of skin tones and eye colours. Their shade ‘Kitten’ is included, which I’ve heard such great things about and have been wanting to try. It looks like the perfect bridal palette, I’d imagine this would be quite popular in freelancing artists’ kits.

In the Moment also has a few neutral shades, but includes some awesome purple-toned colours as well. Almost every shadow in the top row has some element of purple in it, whether that be purple pigment or glitter particles. I am particularly excited about the brighter purple shade, ‘Glance’, and can see this bringing out the green and gold in my hazel eyes (for you gals out there with brown, hazel or green eyes, this colour would look amazing on you!)

Each of these palettes also come with a little booklet that had some mockup eye looks that can be accomplished with these palettes. These are certainly useful, and they’re certainly not just for beginners! I know I’ll be reaching for them when I can’t decide what eyeshadow combo to go for.

Now for some photos: –

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ImageHere we have In the Light, an overview of all the colours and the included smudge stick eye liner

ImageA close up of the shades ‘Bare’, ‘Kitten’, ‘Bubbly’ and ‘Gilded Gold’

ImageA close up of the shades ‘Bliss’, ‘Sunset’, ‘Sandstone’, ‘Luster’, ‘Night Sky’ and ‘Ebony’

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Smudge Stick in ‘Damsel’

ImageHere we have Stila’s palette, In the Moment and the included smudge stick liner

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A close up of ‘Instinct’, ‘Impulse’, ‘Desire’ and ‘Wonder’

ImageA close up of ‘Glance’, ‘Improvise’, Catalyst’, ‘Spontaneous’, ‘Whim’ and ‘Captivate’

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The included smudge stick in ‘Tetra’, a dark burgundy

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Smudge Stick in ‘Tetra’

I am so excited to start using these palettes – they each have a good balance between matte and shimmery bright and neutral shades. I have never tried Stila’s Smudge Sticks either but have heard amazing things about them.

Do any of you have either of these palettes, or any others that Stila have brought out? What do you think of them?

As always, thanks for reading lovelies :)

Rosie xx

Favourites: Face products

If there’s one thing I have tried to perfect over the years, it’s a flawless face. I don’t mean a flawless face naturally, but one that can be near-accomplished with a little help from foundation and concealer. This post will detail a few of the products that, at least for me, help to achieve a flawless face. I have dry, medium skin with yellow undertones for background.

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Mac Studio Fix Fluid – NC37

This is currently my HG foundation. It gives a natural, matte finish and helps to “minimise the appearance of pores and imperfections, giving skin a smoother, more flawless look and finish”, according to Mac’s website. I know this isn’t the best foundation for someone with dry skin, but I find that the finish it gives is not completely flat in the matte sense. It certainly does help to conceal pores, particularly around my cheek area, where mine are more prominent. I do like to reach for different foundations sometimes, but constantly find myself coming back to this one. I usually purchase mine from my local Myer or David Jones stores, and retails for $49 in Australia. I know, it’s expensive, but I kid you not, I am still on a bottle I purchased overseas this time last year – it lasts for ages!
Price: $49AUD Mac website

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Mac Pro Longwear Concealer – NW25

To me, this is like Studio Fix’s sister. It too provides a natural, matte finish, and has medium to buildable coverage. This concealer is great in the sense that it has enough pigment to conceal well, but doesn’t enhance your fine lines or look cakey. My only pet peeve about this product is the darn pump! Way too much product comes out if you’re not careful – I have to press the opening against my finger to try and stop a full pump from coming out. It seems like a great, hygienic way to extract product, but it would be soo much more effective if Mac adjusted the amount of product – pretty simple in my opinion! However, I’m willing to overlook this flaw because of the beautiful coverage and finish it gives.
Price: $32AUD Mac website

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Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer and Corrector

First off, I have to admit I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with these products. Yes, they are a dynamic duo when you’re going for full coverage, will-not-see-through-this-stuff concealing, but application and determining how much product you need is a pain in the behind. I’ve tried using brushes to apply both products (which is what the lady at the Bobbi Brown counter initially advised me to do, use something like a Mac 217 fluffy blending brush), and for me this gives an awful, streaky application that heightens under eye lines and creases. So, I like to use my fingers for this stuff. Dab into the pot ever so slightly (this stuff is super concentrated) and delicately, but quickly, pat this under my eye area. Because the consistency of these products is like a thick paste, you need to move quickly and with warmth from your finger for optimal blending, I find. I start with the corrector, which is a peachy shade (I have quite noticeable but fine veins all across my under eye area, which I’m quite self-conscious of), then I go on top with the concealer to match the pinky tone back to my skin colour.
This isn’t a bad product, but it isn’t a particularly great one. I love the coverage for when I want my face to look spotless, say, for a night out, but for day to day use this stuff isn’t necessary (not to mention, it is ridiculously overpriced here in Australia…).
Price: Concealer kit (the larger of the two) – $60; Corrector – $46, both from Bobbi Brown website. I know, crazy right?? Safe to say I won’t be repurchasing once these run out!

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Revlon PhotoReady Concealer – Light Medium

Now here’s something more within my budget! Here we have a beautifully, creamy concealer in stick form. I flipping love the packaging of Revlon’s concealer – just twist up, sweep across your skin, pat in with your fingertips and you’re good to go. The coverage of this beauty is fantastic, too. I’ve mentioned previously that I am a little skeptical when it comes to drugstore foundations and concealers (my skin is annoying to match), but this shade is perfect for my NC37, dry skin. This doesn’t look cake or build up throughout the day, and is so quick and easy to apply – great for when you’re running out the door.
Price: $24.95 from Priceline – I snagged mine during their 40% off sale a while back, bargain!

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Ben Nye Luxury Powder in Banana 3 oz.

Ohhh boy banana powder! This stuff is awesome! Ben Nye’s Banana Powder has taken off and increased in popularity from its celebrity status – Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist uses this setting powder on her (not that I really consider her a celebrity). This powder is so finely milled, that you need the TINIEST amount to sufficiently cover and seal in your concealer for the whole day. I bought the 3 oz. jar because it was only a couple of dollars more than the 1 oz., and I figured, well, what the hey. Once I’ve applied my concealer, I like to wait a little while until it’s set into my skin. Then, taking my Real Techniques Setting Brush, I’ll tap the top of the jar (pictured) then swirl the product I’ve picked up into the cap. Tapping off the excess, I’ll then sweep this under my eyes, ensuring to dust off any excess powder after application. This is like a translucent powder, but better. It cuts out that noticeable, white cast that some translucent powders can have, and just makes your concealer blend in and look like a second skin. All in all, for the price and quality of this product, you simply can’t go wrong – I can tell this baby is going to last me forever!
Price: $15.29 from Camera Ready Cosmetics.

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Mac Studio Fix Powder – NC40

Oh man, I looove this powder. For those days or nights when I want my skin to look seamless, I reach for my Studio Fix powder. This is actually a powder foundation, but I prefer to use this to loosely set my liquid foundation. I’ll take this on a big powder brush and sweep it across my forehead, down my nose, across my cheeks and on my chin. You don’t need a whole lot of this stuff, nor do you need to buff it in forever with something like a kabuki brush – a light dusting will do. Also, for those days where I want to be a little less made up, I’ll just blend in a little concealer then dust a layer of this over my skin to even out my complexion. Just as you might imagine, this stuff lasts forever! I’ve only ever owned one, and that’s the one I’m still getting through. Surely, it must look cakey? Nup! Just like my other, medium to full coverage Mac products, this gives a natural finish, and doesn’t emphasise what you’re trying to cover up, like some powders do. This is definitely my HG powder, top notch stuff!
Price: $49 Mac website

That’s it for my current face favourites. I’ll be doing a post soon on my cheek products to follow up, then posts for both eye and lip favourites, so stay tuned!
What are your favourite face products? Do you have any that you’d recommend? I’m always looking for new products to try :)

Thanks for reading everyone!

Rosie xx

A few of my favourite things

Hey hey! So there are some awesome products I’ve been obsessed with as of late, and I thought it would be nice to share them with you. Though I do like to mix and match products when I do my makeup, there are some staples that find their way into my makeup routine more regularly than others that seem to stand out amongst the rest.

Some of these products are high end, some of them low end. For me, this is a matter of personal preference. I will be writing these posts divided into different products uses – all over face products including foundation and concealer; blushes, bronzers and highlighters as cheek products; eye products, such as mascara and eyeshadow; and finally a couple of lip products.

Here’s just a sneak peak into the products that I’ll be reviewing, so keep your eyes peeled for upcoming posts!

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Are there any of these products that you recognise? I’d love to hear about a few of your favourite things too!

Thanks for reading everyone :)

Rosie xx

Chipped nail polish, crooked teeth and maniac driving?

Hey guys! I just discovered Bonnie’s blog the other day, and she’d posted this tag. I thought it was interesting to read and looked fun to do, so here we go. Feel free to do it too, I’d love to read your answers!

1.  Name a beauty regime that you rarely do?
Use primer. I almost neeever use primer, mostly because I’m just forgetful. If something isn’t embedded in my routine, I won’t remember to do it, and since I’ve only really started *using* (I use this term loosely lol) primer, it almost always slips my mind.
2.  Is washing your make-up brushes something that you do regularly?
Haha no…again with the memory. I spot clean them every time a brush is used, but as for deep cleaning, that only happens, realistically, about once a month. I know how lazy and pretty unhygienic that is, but I just can’t bring myself to bend over the kitchen sink for 20 minutes scrubbing away!
3.  How long will you last with chipped nail polish?
Longer than I’d care to admit! Though it does depend on the colour of the polish. With lighter colours I feel you can get away with a good amount of chipping, but once deep blues or reds start to flake away it makes me feel unpolished (ha!) so I’ll either take it all off and give my nails a rest or repaint them.
4.  How long will you put off buying/replacing a beauty product, even if you need it?
This surprisingly never really happens to me. I hardly ever run out of products, as I own backups of things that I tend to go through quickly (foundations, mascara, concealers). Although I do need a new Mac Painterly paint pot as mine is suuuper dried out and kind of manky, but they are so expensive here in Australia, that I’m waiting to place an overseas order and have that forwarded here. So in essence, I’m happy to wait about a month I’d say. 
5.  What is your worst beauty habit? 
Not sure if this counts, but wearing my retainer or plate. I had braces a few years back during high school, and got them off at that age where I was too ‘cool’ to wear my plate religiously like my orthodontist told me (big mistake!). I couldn’t even wear it at night because I was too lazy. Ugh, such a shame, because I’ve noticed a couple of teeth moving, and in a desperate attempt to correct them I have been wearing my plate nightly for the past week and boy does it hurt!! I’ve seen some improvement which is encouraging, but to all you lads and ladies out there that are like me, please, wear your plate! All that money spent on your teeth, it’s just not worth falling out of this routine.
6.  Name something non-beauty related that you put off doing all the time?
Leaving the house for work. I will almost never give myself a realistic amount of time to get to work (I drive), because I much prefer to feel under pressure and need to get there quickly…? I honestly don’t know why, but I feel like there’s so much more I can get done in those extra minutes at home, rather than have to sit in the parking lot waiting for my shift to start. I’m strange, I know.
7.  When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready to the last minute?
Hmm..this usually depends on what I’m doing. If it’s a spontaneous decision, say, in the last hour I’ve decided to go somewhere, then I’ll be pretty last minute. If it’s for a planned event like a dinner or going out clubbing, then I’ll leave myself at least a good hour to get ready – I’ll throw on shuffle on my phone, sit at my vanity and take my sweet, sweet time. 
8.  Can you commit to spending bans?
Lol no. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a good saver, but I’m also a good spender…actually, a bad spender. I spend economically though – I work in the beauty field and will purposely hold off on buying things until they’re on sale; likewise I won’t buy items here in Australia that I know I can get cheaper online, even if that means waiting a couple of weeks. I can’t restrain myself from spending all together, but I can definitely stick to a budget? :)
9.  How organised is your make-up and nail polish collections?
Because I am that obsessed with makeup and generally quite an organised person, I like to keep my beauty things in order. I have a set of drawers for my collection, divided into face, eye and lip sections. These drawers then contain further little baskets that house different brands or types of products – for instance, I have a little basket for my OCC lip tars, and I have another for my foundations. As for nail polish, I just keep this in a big tub in my study that’s made of clear plastic, so I can see the colours for easy access.Ok well that’s all the questions of the tag (yeah, 9 is a weird number to stop at, isn’t it?) but I tag all my readers, it’s a really fun tag and a good way to pick up on bad habits!

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by!

Rosie xx

Tutorial: Easy Bronze Eyes

Hey everyone!

So I thought it was about time that I started making videos on YouTube, considering how much I watch them.
I’m starting off with simple bronze eye look with some winged eyeliner and a highlighted inner corner. I love this look for everyday, it might be a bit much/little for some of you, but I personally feel comfortable wearing this on a day to day basis. It really doesn’t take me that long to do either, yet it looks like I really spent the time putting it together.
The lighting and camera’s autofocus is a bit of a bummer, but I’m going to work on that in upcoming videos.
Let me know if you have any requests for me to do :)

Thanks for reading and watching!

Rosie xx

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MAC Lipstick Collection + Swatches

Hey everybody! Long time no speak, hey? Sorry I haven’t posted in soo long, I’ve been totally bogged down in uni work and had a whopper 3 X 2500 word essays plus a 3.5 hour exam, all within two days of each other! But that’s all over now so I should have more time to post on here from now :)

Anyway, enough babbling. I thought I’d do a post on my MAC lipstick collection, as I just loooove watching videos or reading posts of this sort. Just a disclaimer before we get into the good stuff – I am not in anyway trying to ‘show off’ what I have. I have been collecting these (i.e. purchasing with my own money) for a few years now, and yes, the amount I have may seem silly to some or reasonable to others, but I have invested my money in these products and feel that since this is a beauty blog, it is an appropriate topic for a post. Sorry to sound like a Negative Nancy, but I just don’t want to cause any trouble :)

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Here’s a little sneak peak into my lip drawer – I keep my Mac lipsticks in the container in the middle with the labels facing upward for easy access

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Close up of my Mac lipsticks and their labels

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As you can see, most of my lipsticks have the standard, satin finish packaging, and a couple are limited edition, and one is from the Viva Glam line

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First up, we have Ronnie Red from the Archie’s Girls Collection (bright red, matte); Feel My Pulse from the Temperature Rising Collection (magenta, frosted purple, cremesheen); Viva Glam Gaga 2 (creamy nude, amplified)

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Full Fuchsia (raspberry pink, amplified); Lickable (medium pink, cremesheen); Quick Sizzle (deep pink, matte)

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Impassioned (bright coral, amplified); Candy Yum-Yum (neon pink, matte); Watch Me Simmer (coral orange, amplified)

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Lady Danger (orange-toned red, matte); Rebel (plum, satin)

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Bare Again (pinkish nude, sheen supreme); Playing Koi (pale nude, satin); Angel (pink nude, frost)

It might already be quite apparent, but Mac is my favourite brand for lipsticks. I feel that their large variety of colours and textures caters for a wide range of ages and skin tones, something unparalleled in any other brand, in my opinion. I find their amplified lipsticks to be impeccable in pigmentation, but a tad drying. Their mattes are quite drying and feel slightly restricting on the lips, but applying these over a lip balm does help a little. Though Angel is a frost, I would classify it as a satin finish, as there really isn’t anything frosty about it. The satin and cremesheen finishes are lovely to wear, as they ensure your lips are moisturised, however the pigmentation isn’t the best – applying these over a lip liner (particularly Rebel) creates the perfect balance between good opacity and comfortable texture.

Here are some of my favourites

Nude: Angel – this colour is so wearable and doesn’t give you that ‘I’ve just woken up’, dead look that other, more opaque nudes (such as Playing Koi or Viva Glam 2) can give. It is the perfect balance between nude and pink, and it can add a slight wash of colour so you don’t look so washed out. If there’s one thing I cannot stand, it is lips that match your foundation. So, I naturally don’t reach for the aforementioned shades unless I’m a little more tanned, and when I do wear them, I make sure to sheer them out by using a pink lipgloss.

Pink: Full Fuchsia – I absolutely looove this lipstick! It compliments my olive skin tone so nicely and brings out the green in my eyes (at least I seem to think so!), and I feel I can wear this shade all year round – it’s bright enough for spring and summer, yet deep enough for autumn and winter.

Red: Ronnie Red – I feel bad that this shade is limited edition but it is beautiful. Even though it’s classified as a matte, it is surprisingly comfortable to wear on the lips. Its blue undertones make your teeth look whiter, which is always a plus! Red lips are something that can really boost a look – I love pairing this shade with thick, winged out black liner, and I’m good to go!

Purple: Rebel – this colour deserves a mention, without a doubt. Its glossy finish and deep colour makes it so easy to wear, and makes you stand out from the standard pink/red/nude colours most tend to opt for. If I’m wearing a really neutral outfit (black and white tones), this colour looks stunning without being too in-your-face. I’d definitely wear a lipliner under this one, as it does tend to bleed after a few hours of wear (trust me on this from personal experience!). I’ve recommended this shade to two friends who were just starting out with Mac lipsticks and they both loved it.

What Mac lipsticks are your favourite? Are there any you think don’t deserve the hype? Let me know!

Thanks for reading everyone,

Rosie xx