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Review: MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow in Cloudy Afternoon

A couple of weeks ago, during one very unproductive afternoon, my sister and I decided to go to our local shopping Outlet Village to buy a few little products from the Cosmetics Company, the discounted cosmetics shop ie. the only place where I live where you can buy MAC from. 

We ended up buying three products. A Smashbox Concealer, a MAC Lipstick and a MAC Eyeshadow, which I'll be reviewing today. The eyeshadow is called MAC Mineralize Eyeshade in Cloudy Afternoon, which is a taupe grey with grey, olive green, pink and blue veining. Once swatched you can't pick up on the different coloured veining as it appears as a taupe colour.

In the pan it looks very, very pretty. I almost couldn't bear to use it in case I wrecked it's appearance! It does appear quite sheer so you really have to use a lot of it in order to get a strong colour on the eyelids but overall, I really love the colour so I do think it's worth the hassle.

I haven't used a MAC eyeshadow before so I didn't really know how to apply it. After umming and ahhing I chose a fluffy eyeshadow brush and applied all over the eyelid but first I applied the MAC Paint Pot in Painterly as a primer and I found that it lasted all day long without signs of wear or creasing.

Overall I really love this eyeshadow, I think it's the perfect every day eyeshadow that isn't too heavy and you can build it up as much as you like. After Googling this eyeshadow I've realised that this is a limited edition eyeshadow from the Naturally Collection. You can't buy it on the MAC website anymore but if you live near a Cosmetics Company shop you may be lucky enough to find it in there for around £8.

Review: George Quick Dry Nail Varnish in Cupcake

George Quick Dry Nail Varnish - £1.75
As you may know by now, I am a sucker for nail varnish. Recently I went through my collection and threw away the gloopy and the dried up so after getting over my initial grief at losing 10 nail varnishes, I immediately went out and bought some more, hurrah! I went to ASDA where their nail varnish range was set at £1 so I bought a few different shades and as they cost so little, I didn't mind too much if they weren't to my tastes.

Luckily they all were and this one was my favourite. It's called Cupcake and is a lovely berry pink. Now I know a few of us may think "it's a pound, surely it's crap?" but it's NOT! The colour is so opaque that I only needed one coat to cover my nails but used two coats out of habit. The formula is quick drying so you can apply and within a few minutes carry on like usual without worrying about smudging, a current habit of mine.

The best part of all? It lasted nearly a week and a half without chipping! It would have lasted longer but I took it off and reapplied a different shade. For the price I think these nail varnishes are amazing, definitely not one to just walk past when you go food shopping.

Review: Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter in Macaroon

Revlon Color Burst Lip Butter - £7.99
A while ago I won a Revlon Lip Butter via the Revlon Facebook page and I was very lucky to win the shade Macaroon.

Macaroon is a lovely red dusty pink. It's the kind of shade that you could wear all year round and it is the most perfect neutral, easy-wearing lip shade.

Like all of the other Revlon Lip Butters, Macaroon applies so easily, is highly moisturizing and the colour packs a punch. It's so opaque that it only takes one quick swipe on the lips and you needn't worry about trying to build the colour up. It lasts around 2-3 hours on the lips but as they're so easy to apply it doesn't matter if you have to re-apply throughout the day. 

As the colour is so opaque and you don't need to apply much to get a good colour pay off. I imagine these Revlon Lip Butters would last a while, depending on how many times you use it obviously. Though saying that, if you wind the lipstick up to see all of the product, there doesn't seem that much product in there but as they are so pigmented it might not be the end of the world. Another fab point these Revlon Lip Butters have is that they don't show up any dry areas on the lips either - hooray!

Revlon have these Lip Butters in such a variety of shades that if this isn't your colour, I'm sure you'll find one in the range which will suit to your tastes.

Wishlist: Dreaming of Summer

Aren't you just fed up with this weather? I'm sat by the window in our living room watching it rain and it's awfully depressing.. No wonder people move to sunnier climates!

These are the clothes I have my eye on when the weather gets better and we can all venture outside without an umbrella or hats, coats and scarves!
Playsuit / Sandals / Jacket / Platforms / Fedora / Dress
Dress / Platforms / Dress / Cami / Platforms / Dress
Dress / Skirt / T-Shirt / Skirt / Dress
Skirt / Platforms / Dress / Crop Top / Dress / Wedges 
Dress / Sandals / Dress / Wedges / Dress / Heels

Are you dreaming of summer too?

Other: How Much Is My Face Worth? #3

It's been a little while since my last 'how much is my face worth?' post so I thought I'd do another little post of the updated version. The first time I did this the cost of all the products I used was £60.98, whereas the second time I did it the cost was £126.51.. let's have a look at the damage this time round!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum in 51 Light Vanilla - £10.99 from Boots
A new addition to my every day make-up routine, I find it works well mixed with Max Factor's Colour Adapt Foundation for full coverage but if I want a light, dewy base it's perfect on it's own. Also it is the perfect match for my skintone.
Max Factor Colour Adapt Foundation in 40 Creamy Ivory - £9.99 from Boots
A very creamy foundation, it helps build up other foundations to give them more coverage and works well on it's own and although the colour is just a little bit too tanned for my skintone, other foundations help to tone the colour down.
Natural Collection Corrector Stick in Green - £1.99 from Boots (Review)
Fab little stick, it takes away all redness on the skin before foundation and stays on all day. Amazing for less than £2!

Collection 2000 Face and Body Illuminator in Maldives - £2.99 from eBay (Review)
My favourite highlighter; it's cheap, a gorgeous colour and perfect for every day. I wear it every day and have done for over a year and still have 1/3 of the stick left. A little goes a long way and you get loads for your money. Highly recommend! 
NYX Cream Blusher in Glow - £4.99 from Chemist Direct (Review)
Probably my favourite blusher, it's incredibly creamy and so, so easy to apply. Again, a little goes a long way so a quick dab to the cheeks and you're good to go.
Natural Collection Powder Blush in Peach Melba - £1.99 from Boots
A lovely inexpensive every day peachy pink blusher. It's a lovely colour and for £2 it's a bargain!
Mac Blusher in Harmony - £17.50 from MAC (Review)
If it's good enough for the Kardashians it's good enough for me! A lovely neutral toned blusher, perfect for every day and great for contouring. Pricey, but worth it.

(From left to right and from top to bottom)
Avon Ultra Colour Rich Lipstick in Carnation - £7 from Avon
Carnation is a really lovely, creamy muted rosy pink. It's a 'my lips but better' lipstick which is so, so easy to apply and doesn't show up any dry areas on the lips either.
MUA Lipstick in Shade 15 Juicy - £1 from Superdrug (Review)
I'm a huge fan of this lipstick - it's the most perfect, inexpensive, every day coral which is long lasting and very pigmented considering the price.
Natural Collection Moisture Shine Lipstick in Rose Petal - £1.99 from Boots (Review)
Again, a lovely inexpensive lipstick! Rose petal is a lovely soft pink with a hint of coral: it's very opaque and looks matte when applied.
Revlon Lip Butter in Macaroon - £7.99 from Boots
Like all of the other Revlon Lip Butters, this lipstick is so moisturising on the lips and lovely to wear. Macaroon is a warm rosy pink which doesn't show up any dry areas on the lips and it's incredibly easy to apply. Really recommend the Revlon Lip Butters to anyone who hasn't tried them yet.

MUA Heaven and Earth Palette - £4 from Superdrug
MUA's Heaven and Earth Palette is one of my favourite products. There's a variety of shades of different neutral colours and I wear it pretty much every day. For £4 it would be rude not to give it a go!
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly - £14.50 from MAC (Review)
Out of all the products I've listed so far, this is the one product I couldn't live without. It's the perfect nude beige eye cream which can be used on it's own or as a base. It works wonders as a primer and prevents other eyeshadows from creasing. I've worn it every day since I bought it and haven't made a dent in it yet. Well worth the money!
Maybelline 24HR Color Tattoo in Pink Gold - £4.99 from Boots (Review)
A lovely pink cream eyeshadow which lasts all day and does not move. It's really easy to apply and available in a variety of different colours. 
Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara in Blackest Black - £4.99 from Boots
A nice mascara which lengthens lashes and doesn't budge throughout the day. Not the best I've ever used but not the worst either.
Soap & Glory Supercat Liquid Eyeliner in Carbon Black - £6 from Boots (Review)
I know I probably say it every time but this is my favourite eyeliner: it's highly pigmented and using MAC's Paint Pot in Painterly as a primer, it doesn't budge all day. The thin nib makes it easy to apply thin liner to the eyelids or you can build it up to make it appear thicker. Fab eyeliner.

I also use a HD Brows Palette to fill in my eyebrows but I decided not to photograph that as I recently dropped it and it''s currently a lovely jumbled mosaic! - £20.95 from Amazon

Total... £123.85! Just a little less than last time but still a bit of a shock. I'd never dream of going into a shop and spending £124 on make-up so it's a bit shocking seeing how much I spend gradually rather than in one go.

Review: 17 Lasting Fix Nail Varnish in Forever

17 Lasting Fix Nail Varnish - £2.99
A while ago I visited my Nan in the very small market town where she lives when we decided to go for a walk. As we walked past the various charity shops and hairdressers I stopped walking. Stop the press people, there is a Boots in sight!!

Whilst my Nan bought some talc powder or whatever it is she usually buys, I bought myself a lovely little bottle of nail varnish which was 17's Lasting Fix Nail Varnish in Forever.

Forever is a lovely taupe beige, the perfect pretty nude. I don't usually wear nude colours on my nails but I will certainly be wearing them more often - I really love this neutral shade! It goes with everything and makes the nails look clean and simple.

I found I only needed two coats of this nail varnish before my nails were fully opaque which was great. What was better was that it lasted well over a week without chipping at all, very impressive.

Recent Purchases: Celine Luggage 'Smile' Look-A-Like Bag

I really want a Celine Smile Bag. Like, really, really badly. So I Googled it. Boy aren't they expensive? Even if I could justify the £1,500+ price tag, I wouldn't dare use it in case, heaven forbid, someone other than myself dare lay an un-gloved finger on it and made a mark. Also I imagine the guilt would most probably kill me so what else is there to do other than scour eBay in search of a look-a-like?

Which is just what I did! I spent all of £17.95 on this fantastic copy, it arrived within three days and the best part? There's loads of different colours to choose from! I chose the 'Nude/Beige' to match with a dress I have but I was a little disappointed to find that when it arrived it didn't look like the same shade I had chosen in the photos.

Instead of the taupe beige in the photo on the eBay page, I got sent a light-orange coloured bag, which does make me wonder if I've been sent the wrong colour despite it having a 'Nude' sticker on it when it arrived. Nonetheless, I love it and I will keep it as I think for what it is, it's amazing.

It has an inside pocket and a little phone holder pocket (does anyone ever use them?) and has plenty of space for the amount of rubbish a girl can have in her bag at any one time. It also has a strap which you can attach to the sides of the bag to wear it across the body but I think I'd prefer to wear it on my arm and show it off a little. Despite potentially being sent the wrong colour, I still absolutely love it and will probably use it until it breaks. Oh, and I may even buy the Black version. And maybe the Red. Okay, and maybe the Navy..

Update: The seller I bought this from originally doesn't sell these handbags anymore so I have updated the link to a different seller, which just so happens to be cheaper too.