Posts Tagged ‘Mac’
Tried & Tested: MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner in Petting Pink
Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

I realise this may result in my being cast out of the beauty industry, but I actually own very few MAC products. A couple of eyeshadows, a couple of liner pencils, a mineralise skinfinish and that’s about it. It’s not because I dislike the brand, I just don’t have that obsession that some people do.

But I think that may be about to change. I recently discovered a little sample pot of this lip conditioner that I’d forgotten all about. It was given to me by a fabulous MAC girl at Heathrow in the midst of heightened security, when my 8 Hour Cream couldn’t go through security with me and I was facing a long flight with dry, flaky lips.

Despite it’s lip-saving powers, when I got to my destination it obviously disappeared into the suitcase never to be seen again, as I found it in said suitcase recently, languising in a zip compartment I never open.

It truly is a lovely little lip-saver, just the right combination of creamy and waxy, with a rich, nourising feel on the lips that lasts ages. It smells sweet and has a minty kick to it, and most importantly, the tint is fabulous. It’s not as sheer as some tinted lip products, but it’s also not the super-scary pink it looks in the pot. I’d put it in the ‘my lips but better’ camp…but beware, you do need a mirror to apply. The colour is strong enough that if you get it wrong, you may end up with a clown face! Sexy!

Tinted Lip Conditioner in Petting Pink £11 at MAC

NYX Cosmetics reduced at Secret Sales
Friday, February 4th, 2011

Beauty bloggers in the USA love a bit of NYX, a brand that specialises in highly pigmented eyeshadows and the occasional MAC dupe. But the products can be nigh-on impossible to find in the UK. I remember picking up a 3 colour palette in Fenwicks about five years ago, but other than that I’ve not really seen them.

Luckily, now they *are* available, and at hugely discounted prices. But only until next Wednesday. Secret Sales is running a, er, Secret Sale on various items from the range. You’ll need to register to see what’s on offer, but just to whet your appetite, here are a few of the bargains.

10 shade For Your Eyes Only palettes (RRP £10.50) – £7
5 shade Glitter Cream palettes (RRP £8.50) – £5.95
Chrome Eyeshadow Pigments (RRP £5) – £2
Fabulous Lashes false eyelashes (RRP 6.50) – £3
Triple Eyeshadow Sets (RRP £7.50) – £3.50
Nail Polish (RRP £4) – £1.50

Shop now by clicking here to register

MAC Marcel Wanders Collection
Thursday, November 11th, 2010

If beautiful packaging is your thing, the latest MAC collaboration will have you in raptures. The brand has teamed up with legendary Dutch product and interior designer Marcel Wanders to produce a festive collection with beautiful collectors edition packaging.

Lipsticks £17.50
Martha (golden champagne with pearl – frost)
Catharina (Fuchsia – cream)
Gesina (red with slight pinkish undertone – cream)
Digna (Blackened red – cream)

Lipgloss £16.50
Mary (light gold)
Beatrix (golden nude)
Aleydis (fuchsia)
Gertruyd (blackened red)

Sheer Mystery Powders £39
Available in light/medium and medium plus

Marcel Wanders brush £45

There’s also a mascara, false lashes and solid perfume in the collection.

All are available in Decemer 2010 from MAC counters or

Beauty Tip: How to get an Autumn glow
Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Beauty tips from expert, Lina Cameron

Even though Summer is officially over, it doesn’t mean the end of a healthy glow for your skin.

Avoid too much fake tan as the nights begin to draw in and instead try Shimmer Bloc in Beige  by Bobbi Brown.  Ideally use the Mac 187 duo fibre brush to apply it.  Make sure the brush is coated in powder right through to the black bristles.

Using very light sweeping strokes apply to forehead, nose, cheekbones and chin using only the white parts of the bristles

See more beauty tips from Lina…

Beauty Tip: How to apply blusher
Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Beauty tips from our expert, Lina Cameron

Mac Mineralize blush in ‘Dainty’

It’s a common myth that blusher should be applied to the apples of the cheeks, but do the following test to see why this is wrong wrong wrong!

Smile wide and touch your finger to the apple of the cheek, then keep your finger in place and let your face drop- does your finger also drops by about two inches? In the same way, blusher applied to the apples brings your whole face down.

With my failsafe finger rule you will never be a victim of bad blusher again!  Starting on the left hand side of your face, take the middle and index fingers of your left hand and place them flat against your cheek so that the side of your middle finger touches the side of your nose. Make sure your fingers are pointing straight upwards towards your eyebrow and are parallel with your nose.  Then take your right hand and hold your index finger horizontally under your nose pointing towards your left ear.  The uncovered area on the upper cheekbone is the optimum place to apply blusher – an instant facelift! A peachy blusher with a slight shimmer,  such as Mac Mineralize blush in ‘Dainty’ is the perfect for the move from Summer to Autumn.

As a finishing touch, sculpt lightly underneath the cheekbones, temples and jaw line with a light dusting of bronzer. This doesn’t need to be expensive – Rimmel is a good brand – but it absolutely must not be glittery. Bronzer is a flat pigment, so if used on the cheekbones it will make them disappear.  Always use a blusher on the points you want to stand out and a bronzer as an accent to contour the face.

Try out more of Lina Cameron’s beauty tips.

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