Amrezy Palette or Marge for Mac? Help!

Hello dolls, sorry for the long absence. I’ve just moved house and been without internet or TV for 3 whole days! It’s been a struggle. Especially seeing as I don’t get 3G in this new house (thanks EE).

But anyway, this post is going to be about 2 new exciting collections. One has already been released, the other is set for online release on August 28th. My funds are limited so I can only buy ONE, and I can’t decide which. 

The first, which has already been released, is the Amrezy Palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills (£24 available at cultbeauty.co.uk

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This palette from the insta-famous Amrezy consists of 10 gorgeous colours. 5 matte, and 5 iridescent. For those who don’t follow Amrezy on Instagram (and I recommend that you do, she’s luminous) these are all her signature colours that she uses to make up almost all her makeup looks. It is incredibly reasonably priced for the amount of colours and the quality of the brand (Anastasia is a bit of a legend in the makeup community). Normally this would be a no brainer, however shipping on Cult Beauty brings the price up to nearly £30 and then I wouldn’t be able to buy any of the next collection…

The Marge for Mac collection!

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With an early release for ComicCon goers, the internet has given us a glimpse of the glorious collection, set for online release on August 28th. And it is good. 

Even though my relationship with Mac is currently on rocky ground, I am also probably the biggest Simpsons fan in the UK (at least!) So I would be willing to purchase this stuff just for the packaging alone. But luckily, it all looks AMAHZING! There is a blusher, 2 eye shadow palettes, 4 lip glass lipglosses, a pair of fake eyelashes and some nail stickers. I particularly have my eye on the blush, (probably £20) and the Grand Pumpkin lip glass (probably £14). Excluding shipping this brings the total to £34. Plus there’s a big chance it will all sell out before I have the chance to buy it. 

So what should I do, dolls? I feel like I’d use the blush and lip glass more than the eyeshadows of the Amrezy palette, but I might not even get hold of them. I could just wait until August 28th and see if I am lucky, but then in the mean time I really want to play around with some different eye shadow looks with my girl, Amrezy! 

Help me, Internet! I would really love your feedback. I need advice!

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Matte vs Glow: The big makeup debate of 2013.

Possibly the biggest beauty trend of 2013 was matte. Matte skin, matte lips, matte nails. Even cars and home interiors had their fixation with matte. I easily succumbed to matte lip and you should see my reaction whenever I see a matte black car. However I have never gotten on board with the matte skin and I’ll tell you why.

I’m a glowy girl. Always have been. I like my skin to look radiant like an angel carrying the secret to eternal youth. And it is just hard for me to get on board with a makeup trend that is specifically anti-glow. When you are young, your skin shines. Yes, this might be due to oily skin, however as you get older that oil goes away leaving your makeup free face free of shine. Therefore when we see a shiny face, we automatically associate it with youth and also with physical fitness (a post work out sweat). That is why we artificially recreate this shine by using highlighters. As we get older and lose our youthful glow we have to rely on makeup to tell the world we are still young, because god forbid society lets women age.

Have you ever noticed  that your skin looks really great after the gym? My roommate at school and I used to do cross country together and whenever we came back from a run she couldn’t get over how great her skin looked. So much so that she was sad to shower and put her makeup back on. Me, not so much. When I ran I always looked awful but that was because I had awful skin in high school and my roommate had gorgeous olive skin. My point is though, that a ‘healthy glow’ is HEALTHY. Which in turn is attractive. It is human nature to be attracted to people who look like they will survive the evening. To powder over that glow and mattify it leaves ones skin looking dull and fake.

I personally feel that matte skin makes a person look 2D. Which is unnatural seeing as generally humans are 3D. An all matte face just does not look real. Now I am not one to advocate the natural look. I love a lot of makeup. But I still like to look human. To me, these matte guys and gals don’t look real. They have to contour their asses off just to add a more human look to their face, whereas with a nice radiant foundation and highlighter on the cheekbones, contouring is hardly necessary. Here, I’ll prove it:

Let’s take Priscilla. An amazing MUA and all round bad bitch. She prefers a matte look for her own makeup

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Now is it just me, or does she not look real? Compare that look with Amrezy, a NY based makeup guru.

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One of the few people who stayed loyal to the glow in 2013 and she looks amazing. I find this look so much more attractive, flattering and desirable. And I bet she didn’t have to do anywhere near as much contouring.

I even tried the matte look out on myself not that long ago because of a dream I had, where I did it and it looked amazing. I have the perfect tools for it. For the foundation I used Chanel Perfection Lumiere (£36) with Bare Minerals foundation, veil and concealer powder over the top. I contoured using the Naked eyeshadow from the Urban Decay Naked original palette. This was the result:

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It’s fine. But I don’t think it’s anything special. Compared to my normal look of about 5 different highlighters (not an exaggeration):

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I go from looking like a plastic doll, to looking like a human with a pulse and sebaceous glands.

This article is only my opinion. But if you want to get that perfect glow I can give you my secrets.

It all starts with the primer. I use Laura Mercier Radiance Primer (£29)

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After that and BEFORE my foundation, I apply the RiRi Hearts Mac Diamonds cream colour base (£16.50 although no longer available at Mac) on my cheekbones, my brow bone, my temples, a dot on my chin and forehead.

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For my foundation I use Yves Saint Laurent Le Tient Touche Éclat (£28)

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Then finally to highlight I use a combination of NARS Illuminator in Copacabana (£22.50)

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And Mac Extra Dimension Skinfinish in Superb (£22)

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Both applied just above cheek bones and on the temples.

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Swatches! From left to right Diamonds, Copacabana and Superb.

So there you have it. My opinion on the great makeup debate of 2013. I wonder what crazy foolishness 2014 will bring us. I’ll tell you right now if people start bleaching their eyebrows like Miley Cyrus, I’m out.