22.2.12

6 of the Best: MAC Lipsticks

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Clockwise from top left: Girl About Town, Speed Dial, Vegas Volt, Please Me, Cut A Caper, Russian Red
So upon counting my collection, I found that I now own 28 MAC lipsticks...enough to wear one a day in February without duplicating!  For those who don't have a compulsion when it comes to buying their lippies, I've whittled it down to my top 6.

Girl About Town
This was my first ever MAC purchase and it's been treasured ever since.  A beautiful statement shade that started the love ever....it couldn't not be in my top 6!  It's an Amplified formula, which for me equals amazing colour payoff.  A gorgeous fuschia that tops Impassioned for me and creates a perfectly polished look. 

Speed Dial
I've long considered this my favourite daytime shade and judging by how much is left, this is definitely my most used lipstick.  Speed Dial is a cremesheen which means it's soft and creamy to apply....perhaps explaining how I've got through so much?!  It's not a true nude, but looks great with all manner of looks making it a must-have for any girl.

Vegas Volt
Another Amplified finish, this shade is far more vibrant than the swatch would suggest.  It's a gorgeous orangey-red which looks amazing with low-key winged out eyeliner.  This is the lipstick that I'm always drawn to in stores, only to be disappointed/pleased when I realise I already own it!

Please Me
Matte finishes are notoriously drying, but I don't find that to be the case with Please Me at all.  It looks quite bright in bullet form, but transfers to a surprisingly wearable everyday shade. 

Cut A Caper
Without a doubt, my all time favourite lipstick.  It's a beautiful coral/pink shade which looks nothing like the swatch!  I'm gutted this was limited edition (with the Tartan Tale collection) and despite the fact that I always look at my make up and think Cut A Caper would finish the look off, I try to use it sparingly.  I'm always on the hunt for a dupe but sadly am yet to find it.  If you know of any, please let me know in the comments!

Russian Red
The ultimate red for me.  I don't find this to be too drying, and with an application of lip liner underneath it has amazing staying power.  The matte finish helps this lipstick to be surprisingly wearable, whilst the blue undertones help avoid the dreaded yellow-tinged teeth!

Do you own any of these shades?  Which would make your top 6?

21.2.12

The Balm Hot Mama! Eye Shadow/Blush

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Hot Mama! Eye Shadow/Blush kit c/o www.find-me-a-gift.co.uk
The Balm's eye shadow/blush combo is a shade that I'm always happy to welcome to my collection.  I find these golden-laced peachy blushes so flattering on the skin, as well as super easy to wear.

The product itself is nicely pigmented, but not so much so that a light-handed approach is needed to prevent looking like you've spent too long in the sun.  Don't be put off by the glitter; it's finely milled and the powder is silky smooth to the touch.  

As with the Mary-Lou Manizer, The Balm haven't failed with their packaging.  It's girly and kitsch, in a similar vein to Benefit with a cute pin up-style girl on the front.  The mirror included is a decent size, making it fully functional as opposed to many so-called "compacts" with a mirror to small to use.


But what does it look like on the skin? 
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 A beautiful wash of colour that provides the perfect pick-me-up!  I have to admit, I'm all for dual-purpose cosmetics, but I'm not sold on using this product as an eye shadow.  It's a beautiful shade that I'm sure would look gorgeous on tanned skin during the Summer, but the thought of applying blush to my eyes just doesn't sit well with me.

What do you think of this product?  It retails for £14.99, but at the moment is £12.99 on www.find-me-a-gift.co.uk