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Mac Eyeshadows My Most Used

I stopped buying Mac Eyeshadows for a long time, It wasn’t a matter of not liking them. It was a matter of the price. There was so many other brands bringing out quality shadows that were much better value for money. Makeup Geek, the first one springing to mind. I have lots of posts including Makeup Geek. I’ll link my favourite neutrals from the brand here.

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However, at the beginning of this year, Mac reduced the price here in Ireland. Single pan Mac Eyeshadows will now set you back €7 from Brown Thomas and Arnotts here. At one stage, they were costing €11. Seven quid is a much better deal! And of course with Arnotts selling the brand in store and online too, it’s much easier to get a hold of.

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I’ll stop waffling now since you clicked to see my most used shadows from the brand 🙂 A bit of a disclaimer, they are not very exciting. I went with five choices. For some reason that seems to be a nice number for me with these things.

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They are overall neutral with a couple of more interesting colours thrown in too. These are honestly shades I use though. Also, I should point out too, other brands do have similar eyeshadows. Sure Makeup Geek give their Mac dupes on the website. I like to dabble in all brands though and Mac are damn good at eyeshadow (specifically singles), among other things of course.

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First up we have Naked Lunch.

This is one of those colours most makeup lovers had at once stage. This is my second one. I only picked it up a few months ago.

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It’s a neutral and quite cool toned shimmery nude shade with a hint of pink. I love it for highlighting and applied all over the lid on ‘no makeup,makeup’ days.

Second is All That Glitters.

This is another neutral shimmery shade, just deeper. I think of it as a rosy champagne colour. I do know on deeper skin tones it can look a bit orange in tone, that is something to note. But again, for me it’s another everyday shade.

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It works so lovely just applied all over the lid. You can intensify the shine from it by wetting your brush to apply it.

Third is Satin Taupe.

This is probably my most used shade. It’s a cool toned taupe frosty colour. The formula is a little harder to work with, it’s quite stiff. I generally use my finger too apply it. It is such an unusual shade though, so I can live with the application.

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You can create dimensional colour with it by just blending the edges with a fluffy brush. In some lights it can look more purple than brown.

My fourth choice is Club.

Club holds a special place in my makeup heart. For a long time it was the only one of it’s kind out there. Nowadays, there’s plenty of similar shades on the market. Like Satin Taupe, it’s a multi dimensional shade.

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It is green in the pan, but shifts brown as you blend it. You get a really cool duo chrome effect from it. I remember buying both Satin Taupe and Club at the same time from Brown Thomas after seeing so much hype about them online back in the day. I am glad I did 🙂

My last choice is the most colourful out of the lot. This is Cranberry.

This is a frost finish reddened burgundy with a pink and golden sheen to it. Again, it was one of those shades that a few years ago was hard to come by. Not so much anymore, but it’s still a lovely version of it.

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It looks super intimidating, putting red on your eyes seems insane! For me, I think it does a great job at bringing out the green in my hazel eyes. I generally just use it all over the lid with some brown in the crease.

top five mac eyeshadowsAnd there you have my most reached for Mac Eyeshadows. Do you still dabble in them? What would be your most used?

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It’s been a minute since I did a makeup look on my YouTube channel. I always call them looks rather than tutorials. I feel like the word tutorial is more professional, and I am definitely not that. In makeup or video form 🙂 I created this rose gold sparkle eye makeup look a couple of weeks ago and snapped an Instagram of it.

Rose Gold Sparkle Eye Makeup Look

I was super happy with how it turned out and I got some good interaction on social media from it. So, I thought I would recreate it in video form. To show you what I used, how I did it. And, just how simple it was.

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The main components of this rose gold sparkle makeup look is my beloved Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. I am so sorry, I have literally not shut up about this palette, I know. But I have just been enjoying using it so bloody much. And, I have to stay true to what I used on the day, right? I have a review of it here, so I won’t bore you with the details.

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The glitter came in the form of the Stila Magnificent Metals Eyeshadow in Rose Gold Retro. I have a post on this here too. I find although this is a cream eyeshadow, I do get fall out. So I used the NYX Glitter Primer underneath. I picked this up in Boots here. Of course any sort of adhesive base would do the job.

These along with the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil in Torch were the main products I used to create the eye look. I got this from Debenhams, but it’s actually cheaper from Feel Unique here.

I also mentioned my lip combo in my Insta post, so I recreated that too. It’s a very ‘me’ combo. Rimmel Eastend Snob lip liner all over the lips, with Mac Syrup lippie over top. Mauve and neutral. My go too lip colour for the past few months.

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I totally got bored taking photos of myself 🙂

Obviously you can see create the rose gold glitter makeup look over on my YouTube channel here. Or you can just click on the video above to watch also.

Be sure to let me know what you think!

Thanks for tuning in, as always.

Gemma

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It’s officially September! I am getting in right on time this month 🙂 Start of a new month means hopefully a fresh start, and of course time for favourites in blogger land. You can click on the video above to hear me waffle on about my August favourites or watch here.

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My August favourites are all beauty related. It was a bit of a shit month personally, but beauty wise, it was pretty awesome 🙂

August Favourites

I was definitly a slave to Urban Decay through August. They have has some epic releases though so I couldn’t help and jump on board.

I have a post about the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette here, so I won’t ramble on about it too much. This has all the deets. And, I did a makeup look with it here, so I got you covered if you want to see it being put to the test.

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Since doing those posts though I did add to my Heat collection with the 24/7 Glide On Eye Liner in Torch (which I keep calling Scorch, duh). You can get it from the Debenhams website here.

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August Favourites

I have been also digging the Naked Skin, The Illumizer Beauty Pressed Powder. This is on the Debenhams website here. My lovely blogging buddy Sue from (itscherrysue) presented me this in the pub at the start of August. How very kind of her.

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My other August favourites consist of the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer (review here), this was another lovely gift. The Benefit Brow Tones brow gel, this stuff is really interesting. Again, it’s on the Debenhams website here.

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Then, we have the Dr Hauschka Cleansing Milk. It’s on the Nourish website here. The Dove Nourishing Care & Oil Body Wash. Literally just bought this from Boots here because it was on sale, but I really like it 🙂

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And then last but not least the new Clarins Double Serum. I have a full review of this here if you want to check it out.

There we have my all beauty related August Favourites. Have you any stand out products from the month?

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I roped John in to do the Boyfriend Does My Makeup challenge! It took a bit of persuading, he was a bit skeptical about being in front of the camera.

 

After a few beers though, we set up the camera and we jumped in. And I think you’ll agree with me after watching it. He took to it like a duck to water 🙂 I never particularly pride myself on being great in front of the camera, I just do it because I enjoy it. He’s so bloody quick and funny, he puts me to shame really 🙂

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It took us an age to begin though because he couldn’t get used to the ring light at all. So if you hear him complaining about the light, that’s what he is on about!

If you’re not an avid YouTube watcher like myself. The Boyfriend Does My Makeup challenge is basically an umbrella term for your partner chancing their arm with your makeup. Myself and John are together over thirteen years, so calling him my ‘boyfriend’ is a bit strange. He’s just John to me now ha!

He tries to think he knows a thing or two about makeup. And to give him credit, he does listen to me harp on. (Notice the Anastasia Subculture reference he makes). I don’t think he realised just how hard it is to apply it all, and how much time and effort goes into it all. I reckon he won’t badger me so much now when I’m running late for a night out 🙂

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I won’t name the products he uses, sure none of them went on right ha. But if you want to see me put the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette to proper use, I have a post on it here.

If you want to watch the video, just click on it above, or you watch it directly on YouTube here. Big shout out to John for being a great sport. My sides were sore from laughing. I hope you get a laugh from it too 🙂

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Urban Decay Naked Heat Makeup Look

I’ve already swatched it here. Now, it’s time for an Urban Decay Naked Heat Makeup Look. Don’t get too excited if you like crazy fun makeup. This is my version of a wearable and easy tutorial, (if you can call it that) with the palette.

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Products used on the eyes:

  • theBalm Put A Lid On it eyeshadow primer. (Review here).
  • Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. (Swatches here).
  • H&M Raw Umber Eyeliner Pencil. On their website here.
  • Kat Von D Lock It Concealer. (Review here).
  • Penneys Eyelash Curlers.
  • Catrice Glam & Doll Waterproof Mascara. (Review here).
  • Inglot Gel Liner in number 69. On the Inglot website here.
  • Mac Extended Play Lash Waterproof Mascara. (Review here).
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I didn’t think I would be as into this palette as I am. I have alot of similar shades in my collection already. They are used, them but not super often. Having them in one handy place, I think makes you reach for things more though.  Playing with makeup is a big part of my life, but I can get a bit lazy. Makeup ruts are real people 🙂

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When you’re writing a post about a makeup product and you’re day dreaming about how you are going to apply it the next time, I think that’s a sign it’s a hit!

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There’s a good mixture of shades and finishes within the palette to keep things interesting, for a while at least.

Did you take the plunge and pick it up? Are you a red tone eyeshadow fan? I never thought I would be. I never thought they would suit my colouring. But, I have definitely been proven wrong 🙂

Have a click on the video above to see my really simple Urban Decay Naked Heat Makeup Look. Or you can watch it directly over on my YouTube channel, as always here.

 

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Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Yep, I have no self control. I did not need it, nor could I justify it. (My lovely friend kindly gave me a voucher for Debenhams). So, I just bit the bullet and picked up the new Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette.

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We know it’s the hype surrounding them that makes us buy into the Naked craze. I have them all and in my impractical head I thought, without the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette, my collection was incomplete.

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However, I do get a hell of alot of use out of the original one. The second and third releases get some use aswell. The Smoky version, I don’t reach for so much, it just doesn’t float my boat. My most used Naked Palette is probably the Ultimate Basics one. You can see my review of it here.

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I think it’s fair to say I am an Urban Decay fan! I am not saying that every shadow or product they release is perfect. Alot of the shadows have fall out when you use them. That is not always ideal. But the pigment and the texture, overall, is awesome.

Obviously I don’t have the palette very long so I can’t go too in depth from a review point of view. I can show you swatches and give you my initial thoughts on it though 🙂

It comes with a dual ended brush.

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There is 12 eyeshadows within the palette. They are a mixture of seven mattes, one satin (Ounce) and four shimmers.

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I have swatched them from left to right in sixes, because my arm isn’t long enough to fit all twelve comfortably ha!

We have here Ounce, Chaser, Sauced, Low Blow, Lumbre and He Devil.

With the flash:

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Without the flash:

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Then we have, Dirty Talk, Scorched, Cayenne, En Fuego, Ashes and Ember.

Again, with the flash on:

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And in natural light:

The Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette for me, is a great mix of colours and warm tones. The shadows overall, are soft and pigmented. There is a couple of mattes (for example, En Fuego and Ashes), that have to be worked with a little more. That could be the fact that they are a bit more purple in tone. I know purple is a shade that is hard to create. You can build them up to your desired intensity though. They are just not as smooth to apply as the other matte shades. Lumbre within the shimmers, needs to be built up too, it’s a not as densely pigmented. Generally though, I am liking what I see and cannot wait to play around with all the colours. There will definitely be a YouTube video with some sort of the Naked Heat look asap on my channel here 🙂

You can buy the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette now in the flagship store on Grafton Street and in Debenhams. Debenhams also have it online here. It will set you back €47.50.

Have you picked it up? Are you going to?

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