Beautynook Top 5 Mac Lipsticks

I could probably make a list like this at least once a year. I know Mac lippies are a bit expensive and other more afforable brands do brilliant alternatives that I have and love, but Mac lipsticks were the first ‘higher end’ makeup I ever owned. I love going into Mac full stop, but coming home with a sleek black bullet full of colour just gets me so excited and less face it they do great lipsticks. You can pick them up in Brown Thomas or in some BT2 and they are priced at 19.50 euro.

So I wanted to compile my top 5 for you. I thought 5 was a manageable number and I could get a good range of colours and finishes into the list, in case you are a Mac newbie or you are just looking for a new one to add to your collection 🙂 I will disclaim and say I am not really a nude lip gal. I have a couple of more nude options in my Mac collection like ‘Lovelorn’ and ‘Myth’ but they don’t really get a whole load of love. I wanted to be honest with my picks, so if you only wear nude lippies…I’m sorry 🙁

First up, I have probably the most wearable out of my 5 picks.

Mac Plumful

This is ‘Plumful’. This is a lustre finish lipstick. You can see from the bullet this is well loved by me.

Mac Plumful

It is a modest berry colour, that I think would suit a multitude of people. It has a lovely sheen to it with it being a lustre, so gloss does not have to be added if you like a glossy finish. It goes with any kind of makeup look and is so easy to wear, you can slap this on on the way out the door and you don’t need to worry about it. It last reasonably well too and will leave a hint of a stain behind when it starts to wear.

Next up I have Plumful’s more intense cousin 🙂

Mac Rebel

This is Rebel and this is a Satin finish lipstick.

mac Rebel

I have blabbed about Rebel a good bit since I have added it to my collection. It’s a medium to dark berry toned shade depending on how intensely you apply it and is cool toned. With it being a Satin finish, it is not completely matte, it has a subtle shine to it which makes it comfortable to wear. I love Rebel for a dramatic night out with minimal makeup, it really makes a statement. If you like a dark lip Rebel is a good option to have in my opinion, I get alot of wear out of it. Again, it lasts really well and is easy to touch up throughout the night or day as the Satin formula doesn’t cling too much to the lips.

‘Girl About Town’ is one of my favourite lipsticks ever ever ever.

Mac Girl About Town

Growing up, I had crap teeth, so in my teens and early 20’s I didn’t experiment with lipstick alot because I didn’t want to bring attention to them. A few years ago I got Invisalign (best thing I ever did). After a few months my teeth were straight and my lipsticks stash started to grow and grow. Girl About Town was one of the first intense colours I ever bought and will always hold a special place in my heart.

It is an Amplified finish.

Mac Girl About Town

This means it packs a bold punch, a little goes a long way. It is a fuschia pink with blue undertones, hello whiter teeth! Although it is nearly a matte formula when on, it’s a creamy lipstick and glides onto the lips really well. I love this shade, it makes you look brighter whatever your skin tone. If you don’t have it, swatch it the next time you are in Mac, it is really worth the look.

 

The last two on this Mac lipstick journey are matte formula lipsticks.

First up is ‘Lady Danger’.

Mac Lady Danger

Lady Danger is one of the coolest lipsticks I own ever, full stop!

Mac Lady Danger

It is bold, it is rich, it is orangey red and it has warm undertones, so not for the faint hearted. I think it is alot more orange than red, but I suppose it depends on who is wearing it that determines that. On me (Mac NC20) it is more orange. Lady Danger lasts a really long time on the lips. Although it’s matte its not the most drying lipstick I have ever used, it doesn’t cling too badly if your lips are not in tip top condition. Not for everyone I know, but I just love it 🙂

 

My last choice is a no brainer. Mac do red lipsticks and they do them well, so one had to creep it’s way into my top 5.

Mac Riri Woo

This is their Retro-Matte lipstick in ‘Riri Woo’.

Mac Riri Woo

This is the red that they collaborated with Rihanna on, but ‘Ruby Woo’ from the permanent collection is pretty much the same when applied, the packaging just pulled me in on this one.

Riri Woo is the perfect cool toned matte red lipstick. It is pigmented beyond belief but it is one of the most drying lipsicks you will ever use. You need to be prepared for that. It lasts for ages too and will stain the lips as it wears but if your lips begin to dry or flake you will feel it and notice it and it won’t be pretty, so you do have to keep an eye on your lips throughout the day or night. It is best applied with a lip brush for precise application as it can drag the lips a bit.

I sound a bit negative saying all of that, but it is so worth it for the lip colour you get in return, just prepare in advance for it!

There you have it. My top 5 Mac lipsticks. I am always in the market for more favourites, so be sure to tell me yours.

xxx

 

 

 

 

Hourglass Mood Exposure Max Factor Nude MauveThe blogsphere has been alight ever since Max Factor brought out their Creme Puff Blushes. Instantly they were being compared to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes…they look really really similar in the pan so there is no surprise there! As the proud owner of 4 Hourglass blushes I thought it was my duty as a blogger and makeup obsessed person to buy a couple of the Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes and compare. All in the name of research I swear 🙂

So today I am comparing Hourglass’s ‘Mood Exposure’ (which I have in palette form)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Mood Exposure

 

Hourglass Mood Exposure

 

to Max Factor’s ’10 Nude Mauve’.

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush 10 Nude Mauve

Max Factor 10 Nude Mauve

They look pretty similar in the pan don’t they? The marbling effect in ‘Mood Exposure’ is more prominent than in Nude Mauve, and ‘Nude Mauve’ looks a tad more shimmery when you look at them both up close.

When they are swatched on the skin, they look like this.

Swatch Mood Exposure Nude Mauve

Mood Exposure                                                                   Nude Mauve

Hourglass’s ‘Mood Exposure’ is a slightly more muted peach shade when swatched whereas Max Factor’s ‘Nude Mauve’ is true to it’s name and a little darker and more nude in colour.

Both blushes blend really well on the skin and can be worn as a light flush of colour or can be built up for a more noticeable application. They both have a very subtle sheen to them, with just a smattering of shimmer nothing too drastic or over powering at all. They both also have a light fragrance to them, different but it really won’t affect you when you are wearing either of them.

Rather than talking about them separately it just felt natural for me to talk about them together because they really are such similar products. Except of course when it comes to the price tag. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes will set you back close to 40 quid where as the Max Factor Creme Puff Blushes are a much more budget friendly 11.50, there’s a big difference there.

Both of these blushes are the perfect neutral blush colour, for less makeup days or when you are having a day of focus on your eyes or your lips, both of them would tie your look together without trying to steal the show. It’s just down to which one you want to buy. As a makeup ‘collector’ yep that’s what I’m calling myself! I like having both of them at my disposal but in reality the Max Factor offering is cheaper, more readily available and does the exact same thing!

The decision is yours 🙂

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Nars Dual Intensity Palette

I received this from my other half for Valentine’s Day. I am not very romantical, but who can say no to this loveliness? I am a lucky girl 🙂

This is the Nars Dual Intensity Palette in all it’s glory before I got it all grubby.

Nars Dual Intensity Palette

I bought a single Dual Intensity Shadow when they were released first exclusively to Space nk and paid €27 for it, so this palette is a pretty good deal at €55 for 8 of them AND a flat shadow number 49 brush to boot aswell as lovely packaging. The single shadows are 0.5oz and the shadows in the palette are 0.3oz. The palette is a much more practical deal to try out these shadows.

Nars Eyeshadow Brush

The Brush That Comes In The Palette

 

Close up Dual Intensity Palette

Close Up Of The Shadows Before I Dug In

 

Seven of the shades are part of the permanent range, but there is one shade called “Ursa Major” that is for now exclusive to the palette.

They are are all shimmery shadows ain’t no mattes around these parts 🙂 They are formulated to be used wet or dry. Applied dry they apply a bit more sheer and they are of course easier to blend. They are buildable though as you will see below. When you apply them wet, they become foiled and are even more metallic and magnificent. They are soft and just glide onto the lid. I feel they last better on the skin wet rather than dry.

Below, I have swatched them all so you can see them for yourself, wet and dry.

(Top four)

Narsissist Dual Intensity Swatches dry

Dry

Narsissist Dual Intensity Palette Swatch Wet

Wet

Europa                                Himalia                      Ursa Major                   Subra

(Bottom four)

Narissist Dual Intensity Palette Swatch Dry

Dry

Narsissist Dual Intensity Palette Wet

Wet

Andromeda                       Lysithea                        Giove                              Sycorax

As you can see we have warmer brown tones on the top of the palette and then cooler blacker tones on the bottom. Everything you will need for a metallic smokey eye 🙂

 

If you are a makeup junkie, and have money to splurge you need the Dual Intensity Palette in your life. The colours and pigmentation within it are just beautiful. You will get alot of use out of it if you like to experiment with makeup and play with colours and textures. I am not an enabler I swear 🙂

Have you picked it up yourself?  Can you justify it?

Be sure to let me know.

xxx

 

  1. Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

I have been waffling on about Benefit and there new launches a bit lately. Apologies if it doesn’t float your boat.

I have spoken about when I was invited to the launch of Roller Lash here and given some info on it already, aswell as delving into their Puff Off Eye Gel here for tired puffy eyes.

Roller Lash is Benefit’s newest mascara. When you think of Benefit Cosmetics, you tend to think of mascara, it’s their thing and they do it well. Roller Lash is no exception.

I am a waterproof mascara junkie. I have crap lashes that are straight and the only way they tend to hold a curl is with a waterproof formula. Roller Lash has proved me wrong here. Benefit say you don’t need to use an eyelash curlers when using Roller Lash. If you are already blessed with some sort of curl to your lash, then you don’t need to bother at all. I do curl mine though, that’s what makes me feel comfortable.

Roller Lash has a plastic brush which we see more and more of nowadays in our mascaras. This brush has little tiny hooks on it, that grab the lashes when you run it through, catching them, coating them with mascara and lifting them up as you go. If you look close you can kind of see them, it’s hard to show them in a picture because the product is covering the brush.

Roller Lash Wand Up CloseSo now for the part we all want to see, Roller Lash in action 🙂

Beautynook no mascara

No mascara

 

beauty nook roller lash

With mascara added

 

Beauty Nook review

Side view of my lashes

They look a little better no? Roller Lash lengthens and separates your lashes really well. It has a wet formula, but its not too clumpy or hard to work with. You can layer a good amount of it on and your lashes still keep a curl. I have worn this most days since I have gotten it and it has yet to flake or transfer throughout the day. It is not a waterproof formula so you do not have to scrub your eyes raw to get it off at the end of the day either.

I choose not to wear it on my bottom lashes just because I know Mac’s Extended Play works for me there and it has a small wand so I find it easier to use. I would of course use Roller Lash if I did not have another mascara specifically for my lower lashes though. #makeupobsessedproblems :p

Its a really great mascara and I am personally pleasantly surprised I like it so much, as I never really got the hype for Bad Gal of They’re Real. Roller Lash is the one for me.

Gemma

xxx

 

I thought this week was the perfect week of the year to talk about a love affair I have been having…with a lipstick. It is coming up to Valentine’s Day after all.

If you are a makeup fan you know who Charlotte Tilbury is. I  had the privilege of meeting her and she is as cool in real life #fangirl 🙂

This is her K.I.S.S.I.N.G lippie in “Velvet Underground”.

Charlotte Tilbury Velvet Underground

The packaging bestowed on these lipsticks is beautiful, so I am just going to take a minute and say it’s so pretty and luxurious and rose gold…eeeek!!

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G LipstickFallen From The Makeup Tree

It would want to be right? With the price tag of €30 (you can buy them here from Brown Thomas if you so desire). If you are the romantic type and are wanting something pretty for Valentine’s Day, get the other half over to the Charlotte Tilbury counter for a look, this would be the perfect Valentine’s shade 🙂

“Velvet Underground” is a blue based magenta colour.

Velvet UndergroundVelvet Underground SwatchCharlotte Tilbury Swatch

 

It is quite a stiff formula in the bullet, especially around these cold parts i.e. Ireland, so to apply it precisely may I suggest a lip brush or any small brush just to perfect the outline.

Lip Brushes

For a pale gal like myself this colour really wakes up my complexion. It is a colour that you can wear boldly and proudly or of course like any lipstick patted into the lips for a more demure look. It smells really nice, not really important I know but it is an added bonus 🙂

Charlotte Tilbury also claim that these lipsticks contain an anti oxidant that protect your lips from UV damage and pollution, another added bonus.

“Velvet Underground” is the only one I own right now from the brand (I have my eye on “Love Liberty”  which is one of the Matte Revolution lipsticks aswell), so I can only give my opinion on this shade. It is really pigmented, a little goes a long way, it lasts really well on the lips without drying them out or caking up. It has a satin finish, so there is a bit of a sheen to it, it looks lovely with a gloss layered over top too.

I really am in love with this. It is an investment I know, but if makeup is your thing or you are looking to invest in a special item, it really lives up to the hype.

What do you think, would you splurge? You can buy Charlotte Tilbury makeup from Brown Thomas in store or online here

 

xxx

 

I was invited onto Benefit’s Benebus on a cold windy and rainy evening this week. Where’s the pretty picture of the bus you ask? We would have taken our lives into our own hands trying to take a snap in that weather, apologies 🙂

I do however have the down low on Benefit’s newest launch coming to stores near you at the end of February.

The evening itself was so much fun. Benefit sure know how to put on a soiree and show a gal a good time

Benebus

Macarons

We were whisked into a 50’s salon wonderland on board the bus.

Benefit Benebus

Benefit goodies

It was the perfect surroundings for their newest product “Roller Lash” mascara.

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara

The idea behind Roller Lash is the Velcro roller…what? Well think about it we still to this day use Velcro rollers to give our hair some volume and curl why can’t they use a similar concept to create a mascara?

Benefit

Roller Lash Mascara

It is a curling mascara (obviously),  a lightweight formula so you can layer it up, it is also meant to last for 12 hours without clumping or transferring, but is still easy to get off. The plastic, curved wand has little hooks all over it to lift and curl your lashes as you coat them. You can hardly see them but they are there we promise 🙂

Benefit mascara wand up closeHere it is in action on board the Benebus.

Roller Lash New Benefit Irish Launch 2013 (28)And after playing with it for a couple of days, I am so far impressed with this little tube, it has been living up to its expectations. For a mascara this is very difficult indeed.

Our goodie bags which were such a pretty Benefit makeup bag I had to show you.

Benefit makeup bagbenefit

It also contained Benefit’s newest undereye de-puffer, “Puff Off”.

Benefit Puff OffPuff OffYes the applicator is a tiny iron!! This is meant to glide on, cool your undereye on contact and rid you of your morning eye puffiness. We shall test this out and report back to you.

There you have it, Benefit’s newest launch of 2015, we really think your going to like it.

Thanks for reading.

Gemma

xxx