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M.A.C, Swatches

MAC Blushcreme in Ladyblush

I have had an on off love affair with MAC’s Ladyblush over the years. Since I use it so often I thought it was about time it got a mention on my blog. Very often my most used products are the ones that are over-looked.



Ladyblush is a cream product that works best when applied over foundation and under powder.

It’s foolproof to apply. I tend to use a duo fibre brush to apply, like the MAC 187. I dip the brush in lightly, be careful a little goes a long, long way. I them stipple the colour on the apples of my cheeks. When the majority of the pigment is placed there I gently stipple the brush up towards my cheekbone. It’s worth bearing in mind that the area you first apply the brush will have the most pigment.

Here’s a little swatch, I took the photo in natural light…

Ladyblush is described as a ‘demure, cool pink flush’ on MAC’s website. I think that’s probably the best description. It’s perfect for fair skintones although you can build the colour up if you have darker skin. I should point out that here is no shimmer or glitter, woo hoo!

I find MAC’s blushcremes very long lasting, although I always apply a sheer coat of powder or some Fix+ to set my make-up.

I have heard that some people have an allergic reaction to Blushcremes so it’s worth testing some on the the inside of you wrist before you buy. That being said, I have very reactive skin and have had no problems. I have heard that they are going to remake the Blushcremes due to large amount of customers who have experienced reactions. I wish they’d do the same with Studio Finish Foundation, I love the coverage but it always ends is an allergic reaction for me.

If you have oily cheeks I think I’d pass on cream blushes and stick to powder and I would definitely keep this one away from large pores – it will make them look like potholes!

What I love most about this products is that it gives that appearance of a natural flush, that kind of ‘lit from within’ effect. I like to pair it with a bronzer, usually Bourjois, Prestige or Benefit Hoola.

On another note I would just like to let you all know that normal blogging has resumed :) I’ll have my 3 posts per day tomorrow. It’s been crazy lately but I am back in the swing of things. Thanks for all your support.

What are your thoughts on cream blush? Any recommendations? (cos you know I needs more!)

M.A.C, Make-up, Tutorials, YouTube Videos

Video Tutorial: Wearable Pink & Purple Eyes using MAC

I am in the process of moving all of my YouTube tutorial over to my blog. I came across this video I made last year on one of my favourite looks at the time. It occurred to me that I haven’t used that combination of pink and purple since then. Time for a revival me thinks!

In the meantime here is the old tutorial: (products listed below, I’m off to root mine out!)



Stars N Rockets



(all from MAC)


MAC 222
MAC 224
MAC 239
essence of beauty smokey wide brush

Drugstore Make-up, General, Lips, M.A.C, Make-up

Bargain Find #1 – the €1 Dazzleglass

I have come across two great finds this week. Thought I’d share!

Find #1

I picked up a very cheap gloss today that reminded me of a MAC Dazzleglass. This rather surprising find came from Penneys / Primark.


It’s called Gilt and it’s a shimmery, sheer gloss with gold iridescent particles. Sounds gaudy right! When I swatched the gloss on my hand it looked very pretty. I have layered it on quite thick for the swatch. It’s not something I would wear all over my lips but rather useful for a dab of poutiness in the centre of my lips.



It  also reminded me of MAC’s Dazzleglass in Goldie Rocks. Then I saw the €1 price tag. Yes please, I’ll have two thank you very much. I think they are usually €3 but are reduced at the moment, they may be Christmas stock so get in there quick if you’re interested. I should point out that this is by no means a dupe for goldie rocks but it does have a very similar effect on the lips – that works for me!

I have tried glosses from Penneys before and have completely unimpressed, this one is a different formulation and finish to the ones I have tried before.

It smells and tastes like a stick of rock (the edible kind!). It also tingles like a lip plumper but doesn’t sting.

If you like shimmer free glosses then you should definitely pass on this one. But if like me you are a fan of MAC’s Dazzleglasses or you would like to try one but can’t part with the cash, then this gloss may be for you!

I love a good make-up bargain. It reminded me of my over-reliance on Claire’s Accessory shimmer glosses in 2009; no matte how many fancy ones I bought I kept reaching with the peach and pink cheapies. They just did the job.

I’ll be back in a little while with my second find!

Have you come across any good finds in the sales?

Foundation, M.A.C, Make-Up 101 Series, Make-up Brushes / Tools

The ins and outs of Stippling

The stippling technique for make-up application is quite popular at the moment. I was asked by a reader to explain the ins and outs of stippling and what I use.

Just in case your new to make-up, stippling is a blending technique used to blend make-up. Many of us have stippling brushes in our make-up collection but you don’t actually need one to stipple. Stippling is really just patting so you can stipple with a make-up sponge or even your fingers.

My preference is to use a sponge. I love the black ones from Make Up For Ever (think they’re called Ellipse sponges), I repurchase these over and over again. I searched google images for a picture of one and could only find the light coloured version. I would have photographed my own except I poured boiling water on it and it shrivelled up :)

It’s a great technique for blending foundation, concealer. I like to use a stippling brush to blend the edges of concealer into the rest of my make-up.

The technique is also useful for layering one product over another. You could stipple on some foundation over your concealer (or vice versa) without disrupting the bottom layer.

As many of you know stippling brushes are also available. These are duo fibre brushes – they contain two different types of brush hairs, in two layers of different length. Some people swear by these and use them religiously to apply their foundation. For me they involve more work for a perfect finish. On an occasion where I have plenty of time to perfect my make-up then I might but on a daily basis I use my fingers or a stippling sponge.


I have the MAC 187. I have also had the Sigma version (F15) €11 , which I have since given to my sister. In my opinion, there isn’t a whole lot of difference between the two and the Sigma is cheaper so I recommend that one.

A stippling brush is also great for applying cream cheek products like blush, bronzer and highlighters. Although I’m not a huge fan of stippling on foundation, I always used a stippling brush to apply cream blush. It gives that glow from within effect and it looks very natural.

Sigma Brushes

M.A.C, Make-up, Tutorials, YouTube Videos

Video Tutorial: Silver & Brown Smokey Eye Using MAC

I had so many requests to record a tutorial on the look I was wearing in my video. It’s very easy and requires no skill what so ever – a bit of smearing-on really!

I have listed all of the products below the video.

Products I used:

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation
MAC Select Cover Up concealer NC25

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk
MAC Silver Ring eyeshadow, Embark eyeshadow, Texture eyeshadow, Shroom eyeshadow as highlight, Sable under eye

Benefit High Brow on cupids bow
Mien Lipliner in Clover Leaf (Debenhams)
MAC Viva Glam VI Limited Edition with matching gloss

MAC Sincere & Peaches

Thanks for watching :) x


Lips, M.A.C, Swatches

Night Divine! Viva Glam I

I recently picked up MAC’s lipstick in Viva Glam I. Two words, sex pot!


This red is not just any red. It has a deep, dark layer to it. It’s rich but cool toned (yay for Irish skintones!).

Even red lipstick lovers I know are a little intimidated by this one. Some swatches online make it appear lighter and more true red than it really is. It’s dark and bold.

For me, I need guts to wear it. But given the right mood, and the right lingerie under your clothing, it works. I best explain that statment – on an average evening where you are wearing an average dress and you’re feeling, well, pretty average, I sometimes like to add fancy underwear, just for myself. No one else need know but I feel much better about myself. On these rare occasions a lipstick like Viva Glam I is expected! :)



I always use a liner with this lipstick, usually a plummy red.  As it’s a matte shade it also benefits from a little dab of clear gloss on the pouty part of the lower lip.

Here is a little swatch of Viva Glam I. It is quite true to life but on my skintone the plumieness reigns.



My skin is in the middle of a breakout so I’ll be back later this week with a Face of the Day post whilst wearing this. Ok, well maybe a Face of the Evening would be more appropriate.

Would you wear a shade this bold?

M.A.C, Make-up, Previews/Launches

MAC Cham-Pale Collection – Will you be buying neutrals?

I remember the days when I used to get excited about MAC’s limited edition collections. Those days are pretty much gone – there is an overload of those collections. I am interested but I’m usually not excited.

The Cham-Pale Collection  however has triggered a bit more of a response in me. Maybe it’s the use of the word ‘pale’ and the reference to champagne. MAC neutrals always appeal to me. To many of you this collection may look boring and mundane but neutral addicts are likely to feel a little different.


Here is a little look at Cham-Pale



  • Flustered Frosted, pale bronze (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Quiet, Please Sheer frosty pale beige (Lustre) (Limited Edition)- Repromote from Red She Said
  • Tanarama Soft pale golden beige with gold metallic shimmer (Frost) (Permanent)
  • Gel Sheer pale gold (Frost) (Permanent)



Special Reserve Highlight Powder

  • Chez Chez Lame Soft gold with silver shimmer (Limited Edition)
  • Rose Ole Soft pink with gold shimmer (Limited Edition)



Eye Kohl

  • I Get No Kick Metallic nude (Limited Edition) – Repromote

Kohl Power

  • Feline Black (Limited Edition) – Repromote

Chromagraphic Pencil

  • NC15/NW20 Flesh tone NC15/NW20 shade (Permanent PRO)
  • NW25/NC30 Flesh tone NW25/NC30 shade (Permanent PRO)




  • Bubble Lounge Sparkly pink peach (Limited Edition)
  • Straight to the Head Sparkly brown bronze (Limited Edition)
  • Sin-tillation Sparkly pale icy pink (Limited Edition)
  • Luxure Off-white with pink pearl (Limited Edition)



Nail Lacquer

  • Soiree Sparkly light bronze gold (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Very Important Platinum Mid-tone platinum (Frost/Metallic) (Limited Edition)



Caviar Dreams Eyeshadow Quad  (Limited Edition)

  • Brule Soft muted creamy beige (Satin) (Permanent)
  • Et Tu, Bouquet? Frosted pale pink gold (Frost) (Repromote from A Rose Romance, ’09)
  • Caviar Dreams Mid-tone frosted pewter (Frost) (Limited Edition)
  • Retrospeck Beached blonde (Lustre) (Permanent)




Paint Pot

  • Chilled on Ice Frosted white gold (Limited Edition)
  • Vintage Selection Frosted mid-tone peach (Limited Edition)
  • Dangerous Cuvee Frosted cool grey (Limited Edition)
  • Let Me Pop Frosted light copper (Limited Edition)

Some other limited edition products

  • Fix+ Lavender
  • Tinted Lip Conditioner SPF 15 Lavender in Calm Mode Light neutral beige
  • Lip Conditioner SPF 15 Lavender
  • Studio Fix Lash in Black Fix (Permanent)


I’m not a fan of the collection photography on this occasion. The lack of eyebrows is rather disturbing, even if it’s cool.

I like the simplicity and the sheer volume of nudes and neutrals. I hate to say it, but I’ll be  making some purchases from this collection. I even enjoy looking at the pictures… that’s a bad sign.

The collection launches in the US on the 26th of December and in January in Europe. I’m annoyed that I will miss the US launch by 4 days! Maybe I’ll get snowed in :)

What are your thoughts on Cham-Pale? Do any products stand out to you?

M.A.C, Make-up Brushes / Tools

MAC eyeshadows to De-pot & Z Palette

My MAC palettes are at full capacity. They have been this way for many months and I have yet to buy another palette. This means that some of my newer shadows have not been enjoyed.

There are a few I need to depot. I have been putting off doing this too as it’s a bit of a chore. I always buy MAC shadows in the refill form rather than the pot. This is not an option if you buy limited edition products.


For those of you who have never heard of depotting – it involves taking the pan out of the eyeshadows packaging using a knife and a hair straighteners. Sounds perilous right! I will blog about the process with a step by step when I finally do the job.

That leaves the problem of palette space. I have been waiting for my MAC Pro card replacement for three months now, I have been assured it’s on it’s way, so popping into town to replace it is not on the cards. I could of course take out the insert from one of my existing palettes and make some more room but I hate cluttered make-up, especially if I’m on a job.

Enter Z Palette.

I’m sure many of you have heard of these gems already. They are magnetic palettes with a clear top. They are fantastic. A few months ago I depotted lots of single shadows from different brands and popped them into the palette. This way they might actually stand a chance of being used!

They come in this size and smaller. I have ordered myself a second one which should arrive any day now. I suppose I should depot the mac shadows soon so. Ugh!

They are easy to buy in the US as you can order from the main site right to your door. For those you you here in Ireland here is a link to a distributor. They are €19 for the large palettes and €14 for the small. You can also buy magnets for the back of your pans there too. For UK customers their on sale at Love-makeup (they probably ship to Ireland too). I bought my second one from the US site and had it sent to my bundlebox, expect a haul later this week!

Have you tried a Z palette? Do you think they’re a good idea?

Hauls, M.A.C, YouTube Videos

Video: Haul – MAC, Estee Lauder, Lashes, OPI

Haulage time! It’s my favourite time to be honest. I probably need to see a psychologist to find out why buying things makes me so happy ha ha.

Some of you were asking about the blog sale I bought my goodies from  – the sale in question ended a few hours after it went up.

I will be recording another haul video later in the week – yes, I have been very bold!

Thanks for watching :)

Have you been shopping lately? What did you buy?

Hauls, M.A.C

MAC & Estee Lauder Haul

So I’m not supposed to shop but I happened across a blog sale and couldn’t resist :)

I bought MAC Penney Shadestick, Estee Lauder Golden Apricot Shadow Creme, MAC Aquavert, MAC Fashion Groupie. The lovely Avril sent me loads of samples too.

MAC Shadestick in Penney

MAC Fashion Groupe

Estee Lauder Golden Apricot 07


I’m really excited about playing around with these. Particularly Aquavert, I feel a Barbie inspired eye make-up day coming on. The Estee Lauder shadow is absolutely gorgeous! Swatches to follow.

Blog sales are a great way to pick up pre-loved limited edition products at discounted prices. I’m addicted!

I hope everyone had a lovely Tuesday!

General, M.A.C, Previews/Launches

MAC ‘A Tartan Tale’ Collection

MAC A Tartan Tale holiday 2010 products


  • Golden Crown: Light gold with bronze tartan striping
  • A Wish Come True: Dirty mauve with bubblegum pink tartan striping
  • Follow Your Fantasy: Mid-tone peach with chocolate tartan striping
  • Enviably Fun: Grass green with dark green tartan striping
  • Semi- Precious: Aubergine with chocolate tartan striping
  • Glamora Castle: Dark grey with teal tartan striping


  • Cut a Caper: Mid tone peachy pink (Lustre)
  • The Faerie Glen: Pale neutral pink (Lustre)
  • Deepest Wish: Deep creamy reddish brown (Amplified)
  • Full Fuschia: Bright blue fuchsia (Amplified)
  • Courting Lilac: Sheer lilac mauve with soft gold pearl (Glaze)

Dazzleglass Cremes

  • Radiant Jewels: Dark sparkly magenta
  • Soft Dazzle: Mid-tone peach pink with gold pearl
  • Passing Fancy: Bright orange coral with soft pearl
  • Lightly Prancing: Bright peach with gold pearl
  • Romancin: Mid-tone lavender with multi dimensional pearl

MAC A Tarten Tale holiday 2010 products


  • Later: Black with transforming purple pearl
  • Moonlight Night: Blackened teal with teal pearl
  • The Family Crest: Blackend bronze with bronze pearl

Pearlglide Intense eye liner

  • Petrol Blue: Deep navy with pearl
  • Black Line: Black with gold pearl
  • Undercurrent: Teal with pearl
  • Black Swan: Black with pearl
  • Lord it Up: Bronze with pearl

Powder Blush

  • Her Blooming Cheek: Bright iridescent blue pink (frost)
  • My Highland Honey: Bright coral with soft gold pearl (frost)

Nail Lacquer

  • Sly as a Fox: Creamy mid tone russet/burnt red (cream)
  • Style Clan: Dark taupe with red pearl (cream)

MAC A Tarten Tale holiday 2010 products

The collection launches on the 28th October in the US. UK and Ireland launch will be later than this – I will update with the exact date.

I have to say that I’m not a fan of the packaging.

Does this collection appeal to you?

Foundation, General, M.A.C, Make-up, Previews/Launches

A Few New Foundations on the Market this Season

I’m always interested when my favourite brands release new products. Today I was having a snoop around looking for new foundation releases. Here are four that I’m excited about.


1. YSL Radiance Flawless Foundation SPF20

This foundation is designed for dull skin that is in need of a lift. It has a satin, fine texture. It contains light diffusing particles and illuminating pigments that bounce light off the skin. It’s said to soften the appearance of lines and add a glow to the skin. The SPF is also a bonus for environmental protection but not so great for photography. It was released last week and costs €42 / £28 / $48.




2. Clinique Redness Solution Makeup SPF15

Clinique has a whole Redness Solution range but are finally adding a foundation to the collection. It is designed to cover flushed skin and counteract the redness caused by flare-ups and Rosacea. It contains Mushroom Extract which has a calming effect on the skin. It also contains yellow tones which help reduce the appearance of the redness. Contains SPF15 which is great for day to day wear but makes it unsuitable for photography. It’s on sale in October and will cost €28 / £20 / $24.50



3. MAC Pro Longwear FoundationMAC Pro Longwear Foundation

This one claims to have a long-wearing foundation that gives up to 15 hours of wear in any environmental condition. It’s lightweight and creamy, applies smoothly to provide sheer to medium coverage.  This foundation is supposed to last in hot and humid conditions, control oil to keep skin fresh, natural and flawless. We’ll see. Out now in UK for £22. At the time this post was published this foundation was not available on MAC’s US website.






4. Mac Factor Xperience Weightless Foundation

This foundation is designed for those of us who want cake free coverage but a a blemish free appearance. The texture is lightweight and whipped and contains Jojoba oil. Like most foundations it’s main job in to even out the skintone. This one is out in October and will cost £12.99 (it will costs around €20).

The YSL foundation appeals to me most.  I’m also quite interested to see if the Clinique foundation will actually work on clients with Rosacea.

What foundation are you  using at the moment?

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