Showing posts with label MAC. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MAC. Show all posts

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

New In | Beauty Feb 2016


We're almost at the end of another month in 2016 and it's fair to say I've relapsed a little in my attempt to become a reformed shopaholic.


The Lip Colours 

Let's just say I'm having a moment with lip products. I am really trying to have a general minimalist approach to how many items I own (my tiny space can only take so much) but there are a couple of things that I always end up slipping into my shopping basket. This month I've been collecting a lot of pink-toned lip colours. In fact, all of the lip shades here ended up looking very close in colour to my last . I end up with the same colours constantly. I really need to check what I have already before making a purchase. Here my absolute favourite is the  (£15.50). It's another shade I picked up for 'free' using the and it is just so gorgeous. It's similar to  but the formula is so much more moisturising making it easier to wear.

I first came across (£6.99) when helping 'model' some lip colours for Annie's , which you have to check out if you haven't already (it really shows how the same colours can look completely different on varying skintones). I ended up buying it even though it is almost identical to the . I prefer the L'Oreal Matte Gloss as it's still quite moisturising gliding and staying put on the lips better. The packaging of the (£7.99) duped me into thinking this would be a peachy tone but it's a muted pink on me. I did try to get something different here but alas I ended up with yet another soft pink lipstick and I recently acquired the   (£2.50)* which is a bright fuchsia. Both are smooth, moisturising formulas.



The Makeup Accessories 

A lot of blogs have been filled with talk on the oval brushes like this  priced at £55 and at a slightly more purse-friendly £34.50. I've never been one to drop any more than £10 on a single brush. I couldn't be happier with my and considering a few bloggers have broken these pricey brushes it's not worth it for me. I still wanted to see what these toothbrush-resembling products were like though so my £1.10 option here was a no-brainer. I got it from eBay  from a Chinese seller. It took about 2 weeks to come but it was little more than a £1! I could buy and break 31 one of these and still have spent less on the real deal (yup I did the maths). I've only tried this brush once and honestly the jury is still out on the verdict so I'll update you when I've road-tested this a little more in the coming weeks.

I also picked up the  also from eBay for £2.20. It's a brush cleaning glove which you slide over your fingers and use the grooves on the back to remove dirt and grime. It works perfectly and just makes cleaning brushes a little faster without damaging the bristles. I'm not sure if I bought the genuine brushegg product as the listing doesn't state the brand name at all. It's quite small too so if you have a lot of large brushes a bigger cleansing mat would probably work better. Lastly, also new in this month are these (£5)* by  which I received at event at yesterday. I had them applied at the event and it was a shame to take them off at the end of the night. They are definitely one of the more natural-looking super long falsies I've used!


I'm hoping next month will be a little lighter on my bank account, especially as I buy similar items again and again. I definitely can't help getting a little swept up in the excitement of newness!


*sample received at an event - read my disclaimer here.

What have you been buying lately? 

Christine Stewart x

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Wednesday, 17 February 2016

How To | Make Foundation More Yellow [Video]


Overly pink foundation is my biggest struggle when it comes to finding makeup which suits my skintone but I know I'm not alone. I've already written a post on but what happens if you have something that isn't perfect?

I'll always mix up my own shade when a bottled one won't do. The foundations I use are all from  and whilst they are all suited to warmer/neutral tones there is a stark difference between the different types of foundation on offer. For example the has always matched my skin perfectly in shade and undertone (in NC40 & NC42). However my skin is far too oil-prone for this foundation to stay put so I reluctantly looked to alternatives. The  suits my skin type perfectly but the colour is so off. The NC tones which work so perfectly with the Studio Sculpt Foundations are just too pink for me with the Pro Longwear Foundations.



I've seen a few videos on using yellow food colouring, yellow eyeshadow and even turmeric to adjust foundation which is too pink but I really wanted an actual product made for altering foundation shades. Cue the in Yellow (£12.95). I purchased it from  and this tiny (pricey) bottle is a life-saver. Makeup looks so much more natural when matched correctly and I'm hoping this will be the end of my too-pink foundation woes for good.

I've had no problems using the Make Up For Ever Chromatic Mix so far and have been using it to adjust my foundation for the last few days. I got the water-based version to work with the foundations I have but there's also an oil-based version. The texture of formula stays the same after being mixed though I've noticed it changes the scent to a paint-like smell. That's the only negative I've seen so far and this beauty works with concealers too.

YouTube videos on this particular product are virtually non-existent, which may be as this is considered a 'pro' product and it isn't widely available. I created a video on the exact process I've been doing for the past few days to mix my foundation (including making it a little darker) and I'll probably put together a full review on the Chromatic Mix when I've used it more in the next few weeks.

The Video: 


As ever, let me know if you have any questions or any suggestions for videos you'd like to see next.

Do you have to tweak your foundation shade to match your skin?

Christine Stewart x

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Friday, 12 February 2016

FOTD | Valentine's Beauty


When it comes to Valentine's Day beauty my makeup is pretty straightforward. A bright lip feels most natural and I usually dress up my eyes with a little winged liner. Here I've added a swipe of shadow too. Granted this is far more 'overdone' for what will probably be an evening in with the other half and a takeaway, V-Day does fall on a Sunday this year after all. I couldn't not do a classic V-Day makeup look though so here's what I would wear. 


This lipstick from the L'Oreal Color Riche range is a new addition to my makeup collection. The colour straddles red and pink and it's a welcome change from the plethora of pillar box red lipsticks I have already. It's gorgeously pigmented and whilst it is supposed to be matte it has a slight sheen to it and I don't find it drying. 

I'm still a complete novice when it comes to applying eyeshadow no matter how many YouTube tutorials I watch, so I kept my eyes pretty simple. I used a mix of Iman Luxury Eye Shadow in Tiger Eye* (from  and Ted Baker Eyeshadow from their  set. As it's Winter I have to rely on usual indoor lighting and as I was standing right underneath my ceiling light the tones of the eyeshadows don't 'pop' as much in the photos as they do in real life. I really love these eyeshadows though and they complement each other perfectly.

I've been missing my long hair a lot lately so will occasionally live vicariously through extensions. Here I'm wearing  bundles I bought from  months ago. I just wrapped the tracks around the base of my ponytail and secured with a few bobby pins. I initially planned to make these bundles into clip-in extensions but the individual tracks are pretty thin so I've now made a u-part wig out of the hair. The curls are gorgeous, though looser than my hair texture, and blending them together is almost seamless. You can expect a few more snaps of me wearing this hair soon. 


Face
MAC Pro Longwear Foundation (NC42)
MAC Studio Fix Powder (C40)

Eyes 
Ted Baker Manchester Eye Shadow Trio (Brilliance of Beauty Set)
Iman Luxury Eye Shadow (Tiger Eye)
KIKO Ultimate Pen Long Wear Eyeliner (Black)
L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara (Extra Black)

Brows
Eylure Brow Kit (Dark Brown)
KIKO Brow Mascara (Black)

Cheeks 
Maybelline New York Dream Sun Triple Bronzing Powder (Blonde)

Lips
L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Matte Lipstick (430 Mon Jules)



*received in April's Glowwbox. You can read my disclaimer

Do you have a typical Valentine's makeup look?
Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 25 October 2015

Beauty | Favourite Nude Lip Colours


I've already spilled my favourite lip shades to wear this time of year  but I've also been loving a lot of nude lip colours recently too. Natural-looking makeup is my go-to most days so a nude lip usually works best.

 (Birthday Suit), (Notting Hill Nude),  (Natural Neige),  (Mocha) and  (Ginger Snap).

For something that can finish off an effortless makeup look, finding the perfect nude lip colour can actually be a bit of a struggle. You have to navigate carefully between tones which might wash you out or make it look like you've accidentally smeared foundation over your lips. As a result it took me a long time before I stumbled upon a few solid nude-toned favourites that work well for my medium skin.

I usually swatch several tones in-store before settling on makeup products and the same goes for nude lipsticks. My lips are quite dark and brown in colour so I usually have to pick tones that are similar or well pigmented. The best nudes I own have a hint of shimmer or colour to keep the look fresh and healthy-looking and less 'corpse-bride'.


I tend to favour creamy products for nude tones like Rimmel Manchester Lasting Finish Lipstick in Birthday SuitRimmel Manchester Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude and KIKO Smart Lipstick in Natural Neige. I do have semi-matte nude tones too though, MAC Satin Lipstick in Mocha is my absolute favourite (reviewed ) and I also have the drugstore dupe of this - Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Mauve It Over.

For some (usually sheer) products I apply a very small amount of foundation around the edge of my lips beforehand to stop my smackers showing through the product or I just use something that matches my lip colour already like NYX Butter Gloss in Ginger Snap*.

*sample received at an event - read my disclaimer .

What are your favourite nude lip shades?

Christine Stewart x

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Thursday, 15 October 2015

Favourite Fall Lipsticks Collab with Nikki [Video]


As it's Autumn (Fall) I've started digging out the typical lip shades I like to wear this time of year. In that same vein, me and fellow YouTuber  have teamed up to create a video of our favourite fall lipsticks. It's my first collaboration video which I'm quite excited about as I'm used to creating blog posts/videos without any input from other bloggers. Nikki has loads of videos on fitness and beauty and posts regularly so definitely check out her channel and her video on her favourite fall lipsticks .


I'd love to do more collaboration type posts/videos so if you're interested, drop me an email.

The Video: 

What are your favourite lipsticks to wear this time of year?
Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 13 September 2015

Review | MAC Lipstick in Paramount


To usher in the new season I finally took advantage of the 'Back to MAC Program' and picked up this  lipstick in Paramount (usually £15.50) - a brown/red classic 90s shade.


Of all the MAC lipsticks raved about online this shade rarely gets a mention. The brown-ish tone possibly puts people off but as it looks plum on me I think it's a very wearable shade both when applied fully or dabbed on as a stain (like I have in the picture above). I tend to prefer the latter as I don't tend to wear much bold makeup in general. When I want to ramp it up I'll apply this lipstick fully after lining with a Barry M Red Lip Pencil (in shade 1) which really brings out the red tones in the lipstick.

It's a satin finish lipstick so the formula is matte but creamy. My lips usually need to be buffed and a little balm added first for a smooth finish but I love the result. The pigmentation is perfect for my naturally dark-toned lips and it stays put fairly well.


This is definitely going to be one of my most-used shades for this autumn and I'm excited to create a few different makeup looks with this lipstick. 

What shades of lipstick do you like wearing?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 30 August 2015

Mini Haul | Foundations & Concealers


I've been limiting my makeup products as I tend to rely on the same items day after day but I ended up purchasing a light foundation and a few liquid colour-correcting concealers which were missing from my collection.

(£29.50/120ml) |  (£23/3g) |   (£5.50/3.8ml) |  (£11.99/15ml)

Summer is almost over but it's still so muggy in the UK and I'm not loving the feeling of a full face of makeup on a hot, sticky day! I can't go without makeup completely either though, so the MAC Face & Body Foundation seemed like a good option. It's probably better for dry skin types rather than my oily-prone face but I love that it's so light and the finish is really natural.

I've been more proactive with covering blemishes and dark marks on my skin too which means I don't have to wear as much foundation. I usually don't mind the odd scar on show but there are some areas of my skin I do prefer to cover. I've been using the KIKO Natural Concealer in Shade 04 to cover some redness on my face underneath my foundation. It blends easily and gives a decent amount of coverage. I've also been using the Rich Yellow half of the MAC Studio Conceal and Correct Duo to brighten my eye area.


I've been using the other (Burnt Coral) half of the MAC Duo on my leg. I was very badly bitten by an unknown insect last summer and it left some pretty horrendous dark pigmentation on my leg. I've been living in tights and jeans since it happened as the scarring was actually black and pitted initially. It's definitely affected the frequency of my outfit posts as I now don't wear a lot of what were my favourite clothes. Thankfully the area has lightened up a little though with time which means it's slightly easier to cover with makeup. I've been using the MAC Face & Body Foundation as a base and then colour-correcting the dark marks with the burnt coral concealer, before applying my usual concealer and blending in. It's not a perfect fix but it's helped me be more confident with getting my legs out after hiding them for so long.


I haven't had a huge amount of experience with Keromask, but I purchased one of their last year and I found myself always dipping my foundation brush into the Camouflage Cream Mixer in Yellow. I'm a bit obsessive about ensuring my foundation is the right shade/undertone and I always end up mixing products together to make the right shade. I have a couple of old foundations which I stopped wearing as they're a little too on the red/pink side for my skin and the Yellow mixer warms the shades up making them a better match for my skin. It's a tiny bottle but it's so pigmented and I only need a little product with each use so I know this will last me a long time.

What have you been buying recently?

Christine Stewart x

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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

FOTD | Pink Spring Makeup Look


Simple makeup looks are my go-to currently. My skin has been really dry for no apparent reason so the less makeup on my face the better. Luckily having a fringe (bangs) means I can cheat and only have to put makeup on a small area of my face!


I love the matte lip look which can be achieved from just relying on a lip pencil for my lip colour and that's what I'm wearing here. I had a really gorgeous nude lip pencil from KIKO which I can't find anywhere so I picked up this Sleek Makeup Lip Pencil in Bare Essential as a replacement. I wasn't expecting much as it was only £1.99 but it's the perfect nude and is really similar to my natural lip colour. The pigmentation is minimal and the formula is a little dry (as it's a lip liner), but it's nothing a few coats and a bit of lip balm can't fix.

For the rest of my makeup I stuck to pink blush which I rarely wear and a dusky brown for my lids. I've definitely been swept up with the excitement of Spring which has led to me wearing a few more bright colours than usual.


Face
MAC Pro Longwear Foundation (NC42)
MAC Studio Fix Powder (C40)

Eyes 
L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara (Extra Black)
GOSH Forever Eyeshadow (Silver Rose)
ELF Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick (D34)

Brows
Rimmel Manchester Brow This Way (Dark Brown)

Cheeks 
ELF 50pc Makeup Artist Palette Blush (Light Pink)

Lips
Sleek Makeup Lip Pencil (Bare Essential)


Have you tried any new makeup looks?

Christine Stewart x

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015

FOTN | Red Lips & Winged Liner


I've been wearing the same red lip and black eye liner combo for years. This is always my go-to look when going out and it may not be very adventurous, but it suits such a range of occasions I rarely stray from it.


I tend to prefer darker red lipsticks over orange-y or pink-red tones and this shade is from the L'Oreal Paris Color Riche collection. I don't own a lot of L'Oreal Paris makeup, but I've increasingly picked up more and more Color Riche shades as there's a great range of colours to suit different skintones.

I usually prefer bronzed cheeks with red lips but I was kind of in auto-pilot mode when doing my makeup and applied this everyday coral GOSH blush from my bronzing pie without thinking. This blush is super pigmented so I just went with it but I don't mind the result.


Face
MAC Pro Longwear Foundation (NC42)
MAC Studio Fix Powder (C40)
Ben Nye Luxury Powder (Banana)

Eyes 
L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara (Extra Black)
Rimmel Manchester Glam' Eyes Liquid Eye Liner (001 Black Glamour)

Brows
Eylure Brow Palette (Dark Brown)
Rimmel Manchester Brow This Way (Dark Brown)

Cheeks 
GOSH Multi Colour Blush Bronzing Pie (Bronze)

Contour
Sleek Makeup Face Form (373 Light)

Lips
L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick (Scarlett Creme)


How do you like to wear your makeup for a night out?

Christine Stewart x

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Saturday, 28 February 2015

New In | Feb 2015 [Beauty]



I've not switched up my makeup routine in a long time and I thought it was about time I tried something new, notably the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (£5.99) and MAC Pro Longwear Foundation (£25).

I've always loved my MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation as the texture and coverage is amazing. I've stuck with it for 5 years as it looks so good when it's applied. Unfortunately it just doesn't last on my oily skin quite long enough. I've tried to make the foundation last longer with the aid of a primer, a setting spray and even by mixing it with another of MAC's foundations but my skin always wins and kicks this product off my face. I finally resigned to buying a new foundation altogether. It was  old video by Sammi from  in which she compares various different MAC foundations which convinced me to switch to Pro Longwear Foundation. So far it has not disappointed.

The texture of this foundation is so different to the Sculpt. It's really lightweight and leaves a really smooth finish which thankfully lasts a lot longer. The coverage of this product is sheer to medium and whilst I usually prefer as high coverage as possible, the finish is so natural-looking I don't mind some of my blemishes peeping through my makeup (as much).

As well as a new foundation I also bought a new makeup sponge. I used to love using sponges to apply makeup and I'm not quite sure why I stopped. With the right sponge your makeup can look like skin and who doesn't want that as opposed to cake face? I've been tempted by the Beauty Blender which has received so much hype over the web but I just can't part with 16 whole pounds for a sponge! I love the Real Techniques brushes I own, so their Miracle Complexion Sponge (and the fact that it's more purse-friendly) seemed like a natural fit.

Admittedly I had to watch Sam's video  on how to use the sponge first as the different edges have different uses. The flat side at the bottom helps apply makeup to the face, the round side blends product out and the pointed edge is great for applying concealer. The design of the sponge in general helps it serve various functions and for a relatively cheap buy I'm really impressed with the results.

What having you been buying lately?

Christine Stewart x

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Thursday, 12 February 2015

FOTD | Valentines Soft Pink Makeup


Valentine's Day for me isn't usually a huge affair. Most times it's low-key, whether it's a night out with the girls or a quiet dinner out with the boyfriend. That said, in general I tend to switch up my makeup. In my eagerness for Spring to start I've been reaching for all things pink recently and as a result I've decided not to opt for a classic red lip this Valentines in favour of a rosy hue.

I don't know what it is about pink lipsticks but my makeup collection is littered with them. It is without doubt my favourite shade to wear but weirdly my lip colour in this makeup look was achieved from mixing two non-pink tones together - a nude and a glossy red. The resulting soft creamy pink colour was discovered by accident. I previously tried to make my nude Sleek Makeup lipstick look well, less nude, so in a hurry swiped one of my KIKO Glossy Stylos straight over the top. I love the result and now it's one of my favourite combos to wear on my lips.


I thought V-Day would also be another excuse to reach for my which has been a little neglected of late. Generally if I wear eyeshadow it's usually neutral or natural colours but I love the soft feminine looks you can get with only a little pink added to the lids. For my eyes I used the matte dusky pinks in the palette as a base - Limit and Nooner - then swiped a little of Liar to add a little shimmer at the inner corners of my eyes. I finished with winged out liner for a cat eye effect and lashings of mascara.


Face
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation (NC42)
MAC Studio Fix Powder (C40)
Ben Nye Luxury Powder (Banana)

Eyes 
Rimmel Manchester Glam' Eyes Liquid Eye Liner (001 Black Glamour)
L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara (Extra Black)
Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette (Nooner, Limit & Liar)

Brows
Eylure Brow Palette (Dark Brown)
Rimmel Manchester Brow This Way (Dark Brown)

Cheeks 
GOSH Multi Colour Blush Bronzing Pie (Bronze)

Contour
Sleek Makeup Face Form (373 Light)

Lips
Sleek MakeUp True Colour Lipstick (Naked)
KIKO Ultra Glossy Stylo (812)


A tiny sidenote but just incase you're wondering about my hair in these shots, though I've been itching to cut my hair short for the past year I'm wearing a wig here. I bought it to give my hair a break and to stop myself drastically cutting my hair. I was planning to wear this wig on Valentine's Day but I haven't worn it out of the house yet. I haven't really changed my hair in a long time so I think I've been worried too much about what friends, family and colleagues will think about me suddenly rocking a wig. I'm also so clueless on how to style my mass of hair underneath (which won't lye flat), how to get a natural looking part and all that jazz. I'm hoping YouTube will help me figure it all out eventually. 

How do you like to wear your makeup on Valentine's Day?

Christine Stewart x

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Thursday, 29 January 2015

New In | Beauty Edit



It's fair to say that my purchases in general slowed a little following Christmas. I even avoided the boxing day sales and seem to have curbed my ASOS addiction (for now at least). There have been a few items however that have slipped into my beauty stash which I've not tried before, most of which have been on my wishlist for some time.

(£15.50/100ml).
I mentioned this product in my Everyday Makeup Video . It's one I've been dying to try as my oily skin means my makeup never lasts quite as long as I'd like. I've been mulling over this purchase for some time as I just couldn't get my head around the concept - you spray this mist over a full face of makeup and somehow this makes your makeup look better. After trying a dupe which didn't quite work I bit the bullet (and closed my eyes when I confirmed the payment online) and thankfully so far the product does exactly what I expected. It refreshes my skin leaving a 'dewy' natural finish and helps my makeup last longer.

(£10.99)
This mascara came with a whole host of other L'Oreal goodies which I got for Christmas and I absolutely love the wand which is more like a comb than a brush. It works perfectly at grabbing and defining my smaller and lower lashes especially.


(£16.50/125ml)
This beauty was another gift and probably a product I wouldn't have bought for myself. I see toners as more of a luxury than a necessity as my skincare routine has almost always consisted of simply cleansing and moisturising, with the occasional exfoliation session. Weirdly I've already become accustomed to slotting the Daily Energizer into my routine, applying a little to my face each morning, post-cleansing, and it gives my winter-beaten skin a kick-start. My skin seems to look fresher and generally less dull as a result.

(£5.99/237ml)
I've been looking for a new cleanser for some time. I usually just use Cidal, a natural anti-bacterial soap, but it's been leaving my skin so dry lately. This Liquid Soap by Dr Bronner cleanses my skin so well without stripping it of essential moisture.

in Mocha (£15.50)
I've definitely become a lipstick hoarder. I made myself get rid of a few that had been gathering dust in my Muji drawers at the end of last year but have ended up simultaneously replacing them with new lipsticks, including this Satin Lipstick by MAC. This lipstick shade is so pretty, which is why I couldn't resist it, but it's definitely more of a pink/peach than the name mocha suggests. It's really easy to wear and works especially well for medium skintones. I love the semi-matte finish but it can feel a little dry so I usually remedy this by wearing a dab of lip balm underneath.

What beauty products have you been loving lately?

Christine Stewart x

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Monday, 29 December 2014

FOTN | New Years Eve Makeup Look



New Year's Eve is almost here and, scarily, 2015 is just around the corner. My New Year's Eve is going to be pretty low-key but I plan to add a little glamour with my makeup. I got the Smashbox On The Rocks Palette (£29) for Christmas - it's a limited edition palette with 12 of their Photo Op Eye Shadows. 

I've loved wearing a lot of green hues this season so naturally I was drawn towards the 'Midnight Emerald' shade from this palette and it's the main feature of this look. Green can seem like a scary shade to wear but I think it can suit such a wide variety of skintones and it works so beautifully with brown eyes. Applying eyeshadow is not my forte so I stuck to keeping it simple so this look is easy to duplicate. I kept the rest of my makeup muted, opting for a nude (ish) brown lipstick which only softly veils my natural lip colour. I then dabbed some brown shimmery gloss over the top to add a little more glitter. 



Face
MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation (NC42)
MAC Studio Fix Powder (C40)
Ben Nye Luxury Powder (Banana)
Vichy Dermablend Corrective Stick (55)

Eyes 
Rimmel Manchester Glam' Eyes Liquid Eye Liner (001 Black Glamour)
L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara (Extra Black)
Smashbox On the Rocks Eye Shadow Palette (Vanilla, Midnight Emerald & Bourbon)

Brows
Sleek Makeup Brow Kit (Extra Dark)
Rimmel Manchester Brow This Way (Dark Brown)

Cheeks 
Sleek Makeup Blush (934 Sahara)

Contour
Sleek Makeup Face Form (373 Light)

Lips
L'Oreal Color Riche Lipstick (231 Sepia)
Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss (Jewel)


What makeup look will you be rocking this NYE?

Christine Stewart x

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Monday, 22 September 2014

Haul | Autumn 2014



Despite all my pouting over the end of summer I've begrudgingly accepted that it's autumn and with that cue shorter hours of daylight and a significant drop in temperature. Seriously though, why is it so grey and gloomy already?
I've already cleansed my wardrobe of summer clothes in favour of knits and denim. In the same vein I've made a few season-related purchases too - it's hard not to with every high street shop in autumn/winter mode since August. I've not gone too crazy, just a few new pieces to make that transition...


Black Rolled Brim Bowler Hat
I'm not sure if the shape of my face or the fact that I wear my hair up a lot but I always end up avoiding buying hats. I thought it was time I at least got one hat this autumn as I often feel like my outfit needs an extra something. Though fedora's have been popular this summer, I thought a bowler hat was probably more 'me' and would work more with my outfits in the autumn.


MAC Amplified Creme Lipstick in Double Shot
This is my second ever MAC lipstick which I purchased along with . My lips are naturally dark brown so this lipstick is only a touch darker than a 'nude' shade for me. I love the texture which glides on smoothly and stays put for much longer than some of my favourite drugstore lippies.


Dark Green Check Bodycon Dress 
Check and tartan patterns are my favourite trend for this season and this dress makes putting a casual outfit together effortless. I've mostly been wearing this dress with black platform boots and a duster coat. I'm slowly adding more pieces to my wardrobe which 'hug' (rather than drape over) my figure and this dress is surprisingly flattering.


in Espresso & Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Cocoa 
I love the new shades of 'Gelly' nail effects from Barry M for this season, which are the kind of hues you'd expect to see in autumn. It was hard to choose between their mustard yellow, deep orange and chilli red nail polishes but I eventually restrained my purchase to this chocolate brown (Cocoa) which looks so gorgeous on. I tend to wear a lot of dark attire this time of year so I picked up this black matte nail paint as it was one of the few shades I don't have already which will suit most of my autumn wardrobe.



I don't think I've ever posted a picture of myself wearing my specs on this blog, partly because I live in contact lenses and also as I've never found glasses that actually suit me. I've always loved the look of tortoiseshell glasses but always resigned to buying thick square black frames as I assumed these would compliment my face shape the most. FYI the ones I own don't, but I rarely wear my glasses out of the house anyway so finally took a punt on a style I wouldn't usually go for. I love these enough to actually wear them in public.

Have you made any autumn-related purchases recently?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 24 August 2014

What's in my makeup bag? | August 2014


From top left clockwise - Ben Nye Luxury Powder | Real Techniques Powder Brush | Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner | MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation | Sleek Makeup Face Form | Sleek Makeup Brow Kit | Travel Atomiser | MAC Viva Glam Lipstick | Real Techniues Mini Trio | Le Volume De Chanel | Travel Makeup Tin | Rimmel Manchester Brow This Way

I've been meaning to do one of these posts for some time as I always get asked what products my daily makeup routine includes. I rarely change what I use unless it's lipstick or blusher so these products are some of my favourites. I often use easy and convenient products that are small enough to carry around in my makeup bag day after day.


Powder - (£7.50)
I've been using this powder for a long time and originally reviewed this product . I love this powder for setting my foundation and colour works perfectly for my skintone. Carrying around the whole bottle can lead to powder getting everywhere so I usually depot a small amount of this product into an empty pot with a sifter.

Brushes -  (£9.99) & (£9.99)
I've become quite a hoarder when it comes to Real Techniques Brushes, so much so that I can't fit most of my favourites into my everyday makeup bag. I picked up the Mini Brush Trio a couple of weeks ago so I could fit more brushes into my makeup bag. It includes a mini foundation brush, shader brush for eyeshadow and a blush brush. I also have a Real Techniques Powder Brush to set my face with powder.

Liner -  (£12)
This liner is essentially a felt tip pen and I love it. I don't reach for this often but I have it in my makeup bag as it makes flirty flicks fast and easy.


Foundation -  (£25)
I've been wearing this foundation almost solidly since I first discovered MAC in 2009. In terms of finish nothing beats this foundation for me as it looks so natural with maximum coverage. The only downside is that this foundation doesn't last on my oily combination skin as long as other MAC foundations like the Studio Fix Fluid and . As with my powder, I depot my foundation so I don't have to carry around the whole tube on a daily basis. I use an empty 10ml travel tin (pictured) which I got from eBay allowing me to free up space in my makeup bag.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Review | MAC Viva Glam V Lipstick



It's no secret that I have a fondness for rosy lipsticks and this MAC Viva Glam V (£15.50) is the perfect neutral pink.

When it comes to finding the right pink, I usually have to contend with shades looking far too bright for medium-toned skin. This particular shade however compliments my skintone so well that it rivals my favourite pink lipsticks. The colour is so wearable I can see it suiting a multiple of skintones.

The pearly finish on Viva Glam V means the colour pay-off is minimal which is a shame as I was expecting a richer colour. With a few swipes however the formula is buildable enough to cover even my dark pigmented lips. Once applied this lipstick lasts fairly well throughout the day.

Viva Glam V is gorgeously creamy and the lustre finish gives the lips a pretty shimmer. I usually don't like overly glossy or shimmery lipsticks but I've found the gold speckles in this product are not too overpowering. The finish makes this lipstick is very versatile but I've mostly worn it for my usual 'everyday makeup' looks. I can't wait to experiment with pairing this lipstick with a smoky eye or graphic eye liner.


I don't own many MAC lipsticks as I'm so content with various drug-store products but this was definitely a great buy for me and I would definitely repurchase this lipstick. It's also worth noting that for each sale of MAC Viva Glam Lipstick the full retail price (after VAT) is paid to MAC Aids Fund which helps people everywhere affected by HIV and AIDS.

Have you tried MAC lipsticks? What's your favourite?

Christine Stewart x

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Sunday, 6 July 2014

FOTD | The Bright Lip


I haven't done a makeup look in a long time and that's because I rarely change my makeup routine. I usually apply a different lipstick and that's about it. Most of the lipsticks I own are pretty safe tones ranging from pink to brown but I do have a few which push me out of my comfort zone, like the lipstick I'm wearing here. I bought this Barry M Lip Paint (151) quite some time ago but I've barely worn it probably as I've never felt like I could pull this look off.


That said, this lipstick is the perfect stand-out lip for summer but as it is so bright I kept the rest of my makeup very simple here. I applied a small amount of foundation to my skin and used a little NC42 concealer from MAC Pro Conceal and Correct Palette in Medium Deep for dark spots on my face. I then used the burnt coral shade from the MAC palette on the apples of my cheeks. I followed my usual routine for my brows and set them in place with a little Gimme Brow. I kept makeup on my eyes minimal, opting for just a little Thick & Fast mascara. I wanted a slight glow so highlighted my face with the brightest shade from Sleek Makeup Glo. I finished off by dusting some Ben Nye Banana Powder on my T-zone. 


1 Sleek Makeup Glo in Bronze Baby | 2 Ben Nye Banana Powder | 3 Sleek Makeup Brow Kit in Dark | 4 MAC Pro Conceal Palette in Medium Deep | 5 MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC42 | 6 Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium Deep | 7 Soap & Glory Thick & Fast Mascara | 8 Barry M Lip Paint in 151


What makeup looks have you done recently? 

Christine Stewart x

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Review | MAC Studio Fix Powder with Foundation




I've never liked powder foundations, that is until I decided to buy Studio Fix Powder with Foundation (£21.50) a few weeks ago. I had a skin treatment in mid March (I'll save the details for another post) which meant I couldn't wear makeup for a few days. The treatment also made wearing my usual MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation difficult as I had quite a few scabs on my face. I'm one of those girls that finds it hard to go completely makeup free so I felt like I had to purchase powder or mineral foundation to use day-to-day until my scabs healed.

MAC is my go to for foundation so it just made sense to finally try one of their powders, especially as so many have even given this product 'holy grail' status. That said, I wasn't expecting much because of my past experience with powders. Normally powder products don't sit quite right on my combination skin and I have to use them sparingly.

The coverage of this product is really good. When using alone I was able to conceal most of the dark spots on my face. I could also be heavy handed with application if necessary without getting 'cake face'. I love the matte finish and the product lasts so well throughout the day.



I've gone back to my usual foundation now my skin has healed out of habit and I've been using the powder mostly as a finishing touch. I'm really impressed with this product but I do wish MAC would create more yellow-based options. I'm usually shade NC42 this time of year and I've found this particular shade of this product a bit orange-y. That is however, my only negative point.


Have you tried anything by MAC? 

Christine Stewart x
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