Mac Cinderella Collection

Mac is releasing their Cinderella collection to coincide with the movie release in March.

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It will consist of:

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Two lipsticks. The more pinky nude is Royal Ball and the browner nude is Free as a Butterfly.

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Two lipglasses in Happily Ever After and Glass Slipper (almost identical, right?)

One eyeshadow palette:

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Two ‘Eye Glosses’ in Lightly Tauped and Pearl Varnish

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This is a new type of product, one that I haven’t seen from Mac before. It seems to be one of those sheer ultra glossy cream eyeshadows.

There’s also a line of Fluidline gel liners in two different colours: Little Black Bow and Macrviolet

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There are two gorgeous looking powder highlighter in Coupe D’Chic and Mystery Princess

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Three pressed pigments (although one is actually glitter!) in Reflects Pearl, Evil Stepmother and Pretty It Up:

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The Olive pigment seems a bit incongruous with the rest of the collection but hey, its Mac.

There’s also a mascara and two brushes (boring)

I have to say this is the nicest collection to come out of Mac in a while. The movie doesn’t seem like much to get excited about (Its certainly no ‘Into The Woods’) but at least the makeup is cute. I wonder if any of the normal public will be able to get hold of any of the products before the sell out.

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How knowing the Parent Company of a brand can save you money

Parent companies are the companies at the top of the brand food chain. Most of the beauty brands we know and love have a parent company. The brand ‘family’ are all the brands owned by one particular company. These are important to know because most of these parent companies own both high end and budget beauty brands. But the parent company has the same research facilities and products available to the whole brand family. For example the same company that owns Giorgio Armani Beauty, also owns Maybelline. This means that Maybelline have the same resources available to them as the much more expensive Giorgio Armani. So despite the major difference in price, these brands are essentially of the same quality. Below is a list of parent companies and their brand families.

Estee Lauder: Estee Lauder, Aramis, American Beauty, Aveda, Clinique, Bobbi Brown, Bumble & Bumble, Darphin, Prescriptives, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Jo Malone, Origins, Ojon, Flirt, GoodSkin Labs, Creme de la Mer, Tom Ford, Smashbox

L’Oreal: L’Oreal Paris, L’Oreal Professional, Maybelline New York, Lancome, Helena Rubinstein, Vichy, Biotherm, La Roche Posay, Redken, Skinceuticals, Garnier, Keratase, Matrix, Pureology, Mizani, Essie, Kiehl’s, Shu Uemura, Giorgio Armani, Roger & Gallet, Ralph Lauren, Cacharel, Diesel, Viktor & Rolf, YSL Beaute, Maison Martin Margiela, Stella McCartney, YUE SAI, Sanoflore, The Body Shop

Proctor & Gamble: Cover Girl, Max Factor, Olay, Clairol, Nice ‘n Easy, Ivory, Noxzema, Pantene, SK-II, Dolce & Gabbana Cosmetics and Fragrances, Hugo Boss Fragrances, Sebastian Professional, Fekkai, Wella, Vidal Sassoon, Gillette, Head & Shoulders, Old Spice

Johnson & Johnson: Neutrogena, Aveeno, Clean & Clear, RoC and Lubriderm.

Coty, Inc: Rimmel London, Cutex, Sally Hansen, OPI, Adidas, Playboy, Guess Parfums, Roberto Cavalli, Bottega Veneta, Vera Wang, Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood, Chloe, Joop!, Davidoff, Chopard, Calvin Klein, ck one color cosmetics, Cerruti, philosophy skin care, most celebrity fragrances (Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Kate Moss, Halle Berry, Heidi Klum, Lady Gaga, David & Victoria Beckham, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kylie Minogue)

LVMH: Fresh, Dior, Guerlain, Givenchy, Kenzo, Benefit Cosmetics, Make Up For Ever, Acqua di Parma, Nude

Revlon: Revlon, Almay, Natural Wonder, Charlie fragrances, Mitchum, Ultima II, Gatineau

Unilever: Dove, Impulse, Pears, Lux, Lynx, Pears, Rexona, SunSilk, Vaseline

(source: beautyholicsanonymous.com by Tine)

So, if you’re strapped for cash, give one of the cheaper brand siblings a try. It all comes from the same parent!

AmfAR Gala 2014 Beauty Roundup

The annual amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) Gala is a black tie event thrown to raise money for the foundation and awareness of AIDS/HIV. Many celebrities attend and often it is a time for headline grabbing outfits, as this gets the foundation even more attention in the press. Celebrities are often criticised for their daring outfits but it is all to draw attention to the foundation and the good work it does.

This year the headlines were mainly about Rihanna and Miley Cyrus. This post with similarly be mainly about Rihanna as she looked, as always, fan-bloody-tastic.

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That makeup. Come on. Flawless!

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She has the perfect 80s orange lipstick to match her skin tone and her eye makeup, which is a burnt orange colour. All this makes her green eyes pop, and the chronic lashes for days add glamour.

The Hair

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I LOVE the sleek ponytail look. It’s something I do a lot to instantly solve a bad hair day and it’s really easy to recreate. They look great with a centre or a side parting. Rihanna is rocking hers with a side parting which adds a bit of retro glamour to her look.

Next up, Miley’s makeup was actually really cute:

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The feline flick eye liner complimented her pixie crop and works really well with her elfin features. I would like to see this look on her more often,.

Lea Michelle looked FIRE

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Lea Michelle has the best beauty team. She always steals the show for me on the red carpet. I love the brown smokey eye, it works so well with her chocolate brown eyes and caramel highlights. Her hair is big and beautiful, and even though I don’t think the bronzer is the right colour for her, it does match her highlights.

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Another example of a great sleek ponytail, this time with a centre parting. When you have an intricate dress and makeup, it is always best to go for simple and elegant hair. This ponytail works perfectly for that purpose.

Kelly Osbourne

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I like this makeup because it reminds me of one of my staple looks. I often like to go for an edgier bold liner with that barbie pink shade of lipstick. It works really well with Kelly’s unique style and it’s very youthful. I used to use the Lady Gaga Viva Glam lipstick but as it’s limited edition and mines running low, a look-a-like is Mac’s Saint Germain (£15.50).

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I can’t wait to see what these guys do for Halloween tonight!

Using Face Charts

Lots of makeup artists use face charts to create looks or to make sure they don’t forget a look when inspiration strikes them. One of the most famous examples are the MAC makeup charts that are available to browse in the store. It is a great exhibition of talent, and the best proof that makeup artistry is a real, and sometimes breathtaking, art. Using a face chart is just transferring the canvas from a living one, to paper. 

A great example of this kind of talent is one of my favourite MUAs @kilprity: 

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These charts are done using real makeup products. However that isn’t the only option. If you are just experimenting with colours, or want to see what something will look like, you can always use coloured pencils instead. Some makeup products work better on paper than others. Powders, for example. But creams and liquids don’t work. Also using brushes on paper can ruin them.

For inspiration, search the hashtag #facechart on instagram for an amazing display of talent. (I always use instagram instead of Google images, because most makeup artists post on instagram).

And the best part is, with this hack you won’t need to pay for a pad of face charts. Just print this picture!

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This is the basic Mac template. It is the most recognizable face of face chart. Does it remind anyone else of Angelina Jolie?

 

Miracle Product of the Month: July

This months Miracle Product is not a specific product from a specific brand, it is item almost every makeup brand produces, and one that is definitely worth purchasing.  The White Eyeliner Pencil. It is so ingrained into my makeup routine … Continue reading

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!

Kylie Jenner Lip Tutorial

There’s been a lot of speculation recently as to whether or not Kylie Jenner has had her lips done. Which would be slightly worrying seeing as she is only just 16. I don’t even think the Kardashians would let their youngest daughter have cosmetic intervention done while she is still a minor. Therefore I personally think she has just discovered the wonders of lip liner.

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It’s the difference between a tween doing their own makeup (left) and having a makeup artist (right). By not wearing lipstick and even getting a bit of foundation on her lips, she has made her lips look thinner. But with a good lip liner, matte lipstick, and flattering photo angle, she has managed to get people all worried that she is having collagen. These are just the wonders of makeup!

I can show you how it is done.

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Start with bare, conditioned lips. If there is any excess product on them just blot them dry. If they have any traces of lip balm or concealer left on them, the liner will not go on so easily. Most people have a bigger bottom lip, the way to make your lips look Kylie Jenner plump is to over line the hell out of the top lip so it is the same size as the bottom.

Choose a dark nude lip liner. I am using a Lipstick Queen pencil in Natural (£18)

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I always start on the bottom lip and I over-line the very bottom part of the lip, just under the natural lip line. I then fill in the corners of my natural lips with the liner. If you don’t fill in the corners, your lips won’t meet.

For the top lip I only over-line the cupids bow, by drawing just above the natural lip line, and then I join this part up with my natural lip line for the sides. If you over-line the whole of your top lip it will look too obvious and clown like.

TIP: If you fill in the dip in your cupids bow slightly, it will give the appearance of collagen injected lips. I sometimes do this when I am wearing a pink or a lighter nude, for a bit of a plumped effect.

When you are happy with your lining, apply a dark nude matte liptick.

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I am using a Chanel lipstick from the Velvet Matte collection, no.33.

To make your lipstick last longer, and to further mattify them, take a tissue and peel the sheets apart. Apply one sheet over your lips and then brush over the tissue paper with a translucent setting powder.

Now you’re good to go!

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To finish off the look, fill in your brows giving them as much of an arch as possible. Apply some natural eyeshadow into the outer corners of the lid, and a bit along the crease. Use some of the eyeshadow left on your brush to line under the lower lash line and then apply lots and lots of mascara. Use a white pencil for the lower water line, and a small amount of Kohl eyeliner for the top lid, only enough to make it look like the lashes are more full. Not enough to notice the line.

And that’s how to do the Kylie Jenner look. Say what you will about that family, but you can’t fault their makeup artists.

 

 

Mac: An Unrequited Love story

I love Mac, I do. It has been my favourite beauty brand for years. I love their products, their range of colour and I especially love that all their Viva Glam proceeds go towards supporting sufferers of HIV and AIDS. 

But recently I have started to see the cracks appearing in our relationship. It’s started gradually, over the past couple of years the Limited Editions have been getting worse and worse, and more and more disappointing. I wasn’t excited about a single collection until the Alluring Aquatic’s collection earlier this year. Finally something worth getting excited about and parting with my money for.

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Unfortunately, like all Mac Limited Editions, this sold out within hours online and left only a few pieces in store. Having just started out as a Beauty Blogger, I am not exactly rich. And my pay day wasn’t till two weeks after the collection came out, by which time everything was gone. The only collection I’ve liked in two years and I missed it. 

Their next collection is the Osbournes collection with two different ranges, Kelly and Sharon. 

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Despite having no opinion on the Osbournes, I did like the look of Kelly’s line so when it was released I hopped on the internet as quickly as I could and…all sold out. I’m at home all day, and I couldn’t get there quick enough! Imagine people who work in offices or nurses working 12 and a half hours without a break. They don’t stand a chance, and why should people who work hard and have to live Pay Day to Pay Day be denied makeup?

These Limited Editions are creating an atmosphere of elitism around makeup, and that is not what makeup is about. Anyone should be able to buy this middle range brand’s products, not just those with the quickest internet connections and instant disposable income. It’s just makeup, after all. 

So please Mac, for the people that love you, look out for all your customers. Don’t make buying your products a competitive sport. We all deserve lipstick. And while you are at it, hire more staff for your stores, especially the busy ones, so loyal customers don’t have to queue for twenty minutes just to ask a question. 

I have such a dysfunctional relationship with Mac. They know whatever they do I’ll always keep coming back. But am I the only one who’s sick of it?  

Let me know how you feel, dolls. Maybe together we can make a change. 

Mascara: Drug store vs High End

When it comes to beauty products, I tend to think you get what you pay for and go for high end. However there is one area where I make an exception to that rule. Mascaras.

Like most girls I try all the new ‘miracle’ mascaras when they come out. But the one product I keep coming back to, and the only mascara I’ve re purchased is Max Factor’s False Lash Effect (£10.99)

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It’s the blackest black I have ever found in a mascara and creates volume. I am realistic and don’t expect miracles from mascaras because they can only work with what you’ve already got, but this is the best mascara I’ve used and makes my lashes look the best they can look.

Products that come close, well obviously Benefit’s They’re Real (£19.50)

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But with an almost £10 difference in price, there isn’t much difference in the effect:

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Max Factor is on the top, Benefit is on the bottom (yes my eyes are different colours)

The Max Factor is a lot blacker and more high impact for a lot less money.

In the middle range, I do like Mac’s Opulash (£14)

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This is a great everyday mascara and gives a more separated look to your lashes.

Yet to arrive in the UK market is Urban Decay’s new Perversion mascara. Their Perversion eye liners are the blackest money can buy and I am a big Perversion junkie so I am excited about this product.

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It is going to be released at $22 so that will be about £17 (ish) in the UK. That’s quite pricey for a middle range brand like Urban Decay but I have heard amazing things so will be first in line to get one and see if it can beat my trusty False Lash Effect.

Maleficent x MAC: Disappointing

MAC’s Maleficent line is released in the US today, and it is BORING.

This is the original Maleficent:

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This is Angelina Jolie’s version:

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And then this is MACs eyeshadow palette:

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Is it just me or is there a major disconnect here? This palette is all browns, and there is not a single brown in either of those pictures. It’s all greens, purples, pinks, yellows. I saw a picture of the collection prior to the release but I thought it was a fake because I couldn’t believe MAC would really think this summed up Maleficent. But it’s real, folks. 

The collection also contains a pen eyeliner (in black), an eyebrow pencil (in dark blonde), some false lashes, a red lipstick, lipgloss and lip pencil in the same red as Ru Paul’s Viva Glam, nude powders and nail varnish in red, nude or black. 

This has to be their most boring line to date, and the worst part is it could have been their most EXCITING line to date.

Who gave the go ahead on this? 

I know I’m not the only one who’s disappointed with this. Maybe we could stand together and demand a do-over? Or we’ll make our own line with the Mink 3D Printer mentioned in my previous post.