MAC Starring You

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MAC has done it again. Another year, another stunning holiday collection. These are the items I’ve purchased from the Starring You collection.

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I love the Extra Dimension face compacts that MAC put out in their holiday collections. This year it’s called the Star-Dipped Face Compact and I’ve got the light version. It contains two Extra Dimension blushes in the shades Dipped in Stars and Sippin’ on Stars. It also contains two Extra Dimension skinfinishes in the shades Show Gold (permanent shade) and Hi-Sequincy. This face compact is great and the packaging is absolutely stunning.

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I’ve also got the Opalescent powder in the shade Shooting Star, which is a beautiful pink highlighter/blush topper. The packaging on this is stunning too.

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And of course I had to get some of the Kiss of Stars lipsticks. The outer packaging is obviously gorgeous, but look at the actual product! These lipsticks are very glittery and has stars all over them. So pretty! I’ve got the shades Walk of Flame and Starstruck.

Blue halloween

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Here’s the make-up I wore with this outfit. I usually don’t wear blue lipstick at work, but I used halloween as an excuse. Maybe I should just wear blue lipstick more often.

(Base: primers – Wet n Wild Photofocus face primer matte + MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance Illuminating Base (shade: Radiant Yellow), foundation – Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation (shade: 110 Porcelain), concealers – MAC Pro Longwear concealer (shade: NC20) + L’Oréal Infaillible More Than Concealer (shade: 322 Ivory), powders – e.l.f. HD Undereye setting powder in Sheer + e.l.f. HD powder in Sheer. Face make-up: bronzer – Maybelline City Bronzer in 100 Light Cold, blusher – Essence Satin Touch blush in 20 Satin Love, highlighter – Essence The Highlighter in 10 Heroic. Eye make-up: base – MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, eyeshadows – Jeffree Star Jawbreaker palette (shades: Virgin + Delicious + Jawbreaker) + Juvia’s Place The Douce palette (shade: Berry Mousse), mascara – Maybelline The Falsies Volum’ Express, eyeliners – Bourjois Black & Blue Reflections eyeliner + Sephora Long lasting kohl pencil in 07 Infinite beige. Eyebrows: e.l.f. Brow Pencil (shade: Neutral Brown) + e.l.f. Clear Brow & Lash Mascara. Lips: NYX Slim lip pencil in Black Berry + MAC Nico Kiss lipstick)

5 favourites – November

Finally! December is only one day away, and I’m so excited. November was a really tough month for me, but I’ve decorated my apartment and I’ve already worn festive jumpers for a week now, so the next month can only get better. But first, let’s talk about some November favourites.

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Brown second hand coat: This coat was a part of my latest second hand haul. I wrote then that it was probably my favourite piece in the haul, and it sure is my most worn piece. It’s got ’70s vibes and it’s warm, and that’s all I want in a coat.

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Essence The Highlighter (shade: 10 Heroic): I posted an Essence haul recently, and I love all the products in that haul, but this highlighter has been my favourite product. It’s such a beautiful highlighter, and I can’t believe how affordable it is.

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The Body Shop Peppermint Candy Cane body butter: Last year in my December favourites, I featured the Peppermint Candy Cane shower gel from The Body Shop. I loved that scent so much, and I was really lucky to get my hands on the body butter in the same scent recently. It’s too bad that it’s not a permanent scent, because it smells incredible (if you like the scent of peppermint and candy canes).

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The Sims 4 Get Famous (computer game): I got this The Sims 4 expansion pack for my birthday in August, but I hadn’t played the Sims in months, because I needed a new computer. But now that I’ve finally purchased a new computer, I’ve been playing the Sims again, and I’ve really enjoyed it in general, but I’ve especially enjoyed exploring this expansion pack.

Home for Christmas – ‘NSYNC (album): Last month I featured a old, classic Christmas album, and I’m still listening to that, but this month I’ve really been loving the ‘NSYNC Christmas album, which is actually not that new either now that I think about it. There are so many great songs on this album; ‘NSYNC does the best version of O Holy Night, but some of my most recent favourites include Home for Christmas and The Only Gift.

First impressions – Maybelline Lasting Fix make-up setting spray

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I swear by the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray, but it’s not the cheapest option, so I thought I would give the Maybelline Lasting Fix make-up setting spray a try. It has a very fine mist, so you can barely feel it on the skin when you apply it (it’s much lighter and finer than the UD All Nighter). It’s also invisible on the skin. It has a slight make-upy scent, but it’s not too strong. They day I tested the setting spray for the first time, I wore my make-up just over 12 hours and it had held up very well. My skin was only a little bit shiny in the T-zone, but that’s normal for me, and it really wasn’t too bad. All in all, I think this a really good more affordable alternative to the UD All Nighter, even though I think I still like the All Nighter slightly better (that stuff is just so good).

Ruby obsessions

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Here’s the make-up I wore with this outfit. I love how this make-up look turned out! I’m wearing the Huda Beauty Ruby Obsessions palette on my eyes, and those burgundy shades are absolutely stunning.

(Base: primers – Wet n Wild Photofocus face primer matte + MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance Illuminating Base (shade: Radiant Yellow), foundation – Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation (shade: 110 Porcelain), concealers – MAC Pro Longwear concealer (shade: NC20) + L’Oréal Infaillible More Than Concealer (shade: 322 Ivory), powders – e.l.f. HD Undereye setting powder in Sheer + e.l.f. HD powder in Sheer. Face make-up: bronzer – Physicians Formula Butter bronzer (shade: Light), blusher – MAC Desert Rose powder blush, highlighter – Essence The Highlighter in 10 Heroic. Eye make-up: base – MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, eyeshadows – Essence eyeshadow in 05 Granny Pants + Huda Beauty Ruby Obsessions palette (shades: 1. and 2. shade 1. row + 1. shade 2. row) + MAC Nylon eyeshadow, mascara – Maybelline The Falsies Volum’ Express, eyeliner – Marc Jacobs Highliner Glam Glitter gel eye crayon in Glam Jam. Eyebrows: e.l.f. Brow Pencil (shade: Neutral Brown) + e.l.f. Clear Brow & Lash Mascara. Lips: Jeffree Star Velour liquid lipstick in Hi, How Are Ya?)

Essence haul

Essence is such an affordable brand, and they have so many great products. I’m really impressed by all the products in this haul, so I thought I would share them with you.

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I love Essence nail polishes, and they recently created a line of neutral nail polishes and matching lip products called This Is Me. I purchased three of the nail polishes and the shades are (from left to right) 01 Freaky, 03 Bold, and 05 Legendary.

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I also purchased four of the This Is Me lipsticks; 03 Bold, 04 Crazy, 05 Legendary, and 07 Enough. These lipsticks are creamy, really pigmented and has great staying power.

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Essence has also launched some new blushes, highlighters and single eyeshadows, and I love all three products. The blush is called The Blush and I’ve got the shade 10 Befitting. The highlighter is called The Highlighter and I’ve got the shade 10 Heroic. And the eyeshadow is a matte cream colour called 05 Granny Pants, and I use it to set my base/primer.

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Lastly, I’ve purchased some more nail polishes from their permanent line. The shades are 16 Fame Fatal and 52 Shine On Me, and I thought they would be perfect for the holiday season.

Amethyst obsessions

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Here’s the make-up I wore with this outfit. I used the Huda Beauty Amethyst Obsessions palette, and I really am obsessed! How stunning are those purples!

(Base: primer – Wet n Wild Photofocus face primer matte, foundation – Wet n Wild Photofocus foundation (shade: Soft Ivory), concealers – MAC Pro Longwear concealer (shade: NC20) + L’Oréal Infaillible More Than Concealer (shade: 322 Ivory), powders – e.l.f. HD Undereye setting powder in Sheer + Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless pressed powder (shade: 90 Translucent) + Hourglass Ambient Lighting Ethereal Edit palette (shade: Ethereal Light). Face make-up: bronzer – Physicians Formula Butter bronzer (shade: Light), blusher – Hourglass Ambient Lighting Ethereal Edit palette (shade: Diffused Heat), highlighter – Jeffree Star Skin Frost in Neffree. Eye make-up: base – MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, eyeshadows – Jeffree Star Alien palette (shades: Titan + Area 51) + Huda Beauty Amethyst Obsessions palette (shades: 3. shade 2. row + 3. shade 3. row) + Jeffree Star Skin Frost in Neffree (inner corner + browbone), mascara – Maybelline The Falsies Volum’ Express, eyeliner – Marc Jacobs Highliner Glam Glitter gel eye crayon in (Gem)Stoned. Eyebrows: e.l.f. Brow Pencil (shade: Neutral Brown) + e.l.f. Clear Brow & Lash Mascara. Lips: NYX Slim lip pencil in Fuchsia + MAC Both Cheeks lipstick)