Monday, 30 January 2012

My recent haul at MAC Westfield and my MAC FOTD!

Good evening peeps!

I hope you're all having a lovely, relaxing evening! :-) I'm catching up on Idol - Love it! Now you may remember I took a little trip to a certain Westfield Shepherd's Bush last week... Well I made a few sneaky purchases in none other than... MAC!!! *swoon*

Can I just say, I received the most amazing, professional service at this particular MAC store. I guess I had quite low expectations in terms of service, but it was about 4pm on a weekday and I just walked right in and a MUA was ready to see me straight away. I can't remember his name but it was a bloke and he had tattoos up his arms? Anyway he was so helpful, answering all my questions, getting me everything I asked for and giving me loads of useful advice!

So without further ado, here's what I picked up...

(clockwise L-R: Studio Finish Concealer, Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, Mini Fix+, Fluidline in Blacktrack, Impeccable Brow Pencil, 266 brush)

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural - Light

I must be the only blogger in the world who doesn't use powder? Everyone always talks about setting their foundation with powder, but it's something I've just never done! I don't know why!

I decided I needed to kick the bad habit and purchase my first "powder." There was no point getting a drugstore substitute when the powder on everyone's lips is MAC's Skinfinish Natural!

I explained to the MUA that I just wanted to use this product as a powder, not a bronzer, and so he decided on either the shade "Light" or "Light Plus" for me. We went with Light as I really am rather pale! I recall him buffing in this product with a stipple brush but I use that particular brush for cream blush, so I just use a big fat powder brush instead which seems to do the trick :) just a few swipes over the face and it sets my foundation a treat without making me appear too ghostly white, woop!

MAC's Mineralize Skinfinish Natural is available for £20.50 on the MAC website here.

Studio Finish Concealer - NW15

Next on my list was their acclaimed concealer, which I've tried before in MAC's concession in Selfridges London, but it just didn't seem to do anything for me then! I entrusted the MUA this time in choosing the right shade for me!

I explained that I'm NC15 in their Pro Longwear foundation, but when we tried that shade in this concealer, OMG it looked awful! It just looks really yellow against my skin, horrible. So we went for the NW15 instead which looked much more natural, it had more of a pinky tint to it and blended in much nicer.

It's a really lovely, creamy consistency that's very easy to apply. The MUA applied it using a concealer brush but IMO that's too much hassle & so I end up just using my fingers instead! Naughty naughty.

The problem with this shade for me is that, although it's the exact same colour as my skin, it's just too light for me to use in the evenings when I'm caked in bronzer & highlighter! So I will have to continue buying my Benefit Boi-ing concealer, which is another another £16, d'oh! Also, I'm going to try and use this concealer only for blemishes and redness, and use my new Estee Lauder Doublewear concealer for under-eye circles (which is more what it's suited for!)

MAC's Studio Finish Concealer is available for £13.50 on the MAC website here.

Impeccable Brow Pencil - Dirty Blonde

I explained to the MUA that I used to own their Eye Brow pencil in the shade Lingering and I LOVED the shade, seriously, the shade was spot on! But... the end kept falling off! It was a twist up pencil and it just kept breaking off, I wasted so much product and I couldn't deal with that trauma again! Lol. So he recommended me their Impeccable Brow Pencil instead which is actually a pencil formula that you can sharpen, rather than a twist up pen that you can't!

He chose the shade "Dirty Blonde" for me which is similar to Lingering, if a little lighter.

Here's a swatch without flash...

& with flash...

At first I thought the shade was a little too light, but it really is the exact same colour of my brows! Trouble is, my brows are REALLY faint lol and so I think I will keep using my Ruby & Millie Brow Enhance set when I want a really "defined" brow ie. Scouse Brow!

MAC's Impeccable Brow Pencil is available for £11.50 on the MAC website here.

Mini Fix+
OK so this isn't actually a purchase. You may remember I blogged about this product back in September as I was looking for a handbag sized alternative to my full-sized Fix+. However it's been broken for quite a while; you know Fix+ is supposed to be a mist, right? Mine kept shooting straight out and it just wasn't working. So I brought it with me (without a receipt!) and they exchanged it for a brand new one for me, thank God! Now I can actually use this product - yay!

MAC's Travel Sized Fix+ is available for £7 on the MAC website here.

Fluidline in Blacktrack / 266 brush (bought as gifts)

These weren't purchases either, but I received them as presents at Christmas from my lovely sister and I haven't reviewed them yet soo... :)

As far as I'm aware, MAC's fluidline gel liner is the holy grail of liquid liners! I really really really wanted to try this!

I was slightly dubious about the 266 brush as, being a gel liner newbie, I was concerned that the brush would be too "fat" for me and it would go all over my eyelid, you know? But the MUA assured me that, as a gel liner newbie, the 266 brush would be best for me! The 210 brush aka the pin-point brush requires a really steady hand that a gel liner newbie like myself just doesn't possess! So I stuck with the 266 and he taught me how to apply gel liner like a pro :)

The 266 brush is a small, angled brush; I learnt you are supposed to work with the 'point' of the brush, working outwards, which will definitely require some practice but I hope I will eventually master it :-)

I was very surprised by how SMALL the pot of gel liner is! It's literally like smaller than a 10p coin in circumference lol, I guess I was expecting it to be much bigger! I was also very surprised by its pigmentation, it's SO condensed, a real "blacker than black" type black!

Here's a swatch without flash...

& with flash...

It just glides on so effortlessly, it's so smooth, but SO powerful! It really does have amazing staying power as well, lasting all day!

MAC's Fluidline in Blacktrack (£14.00) and the 266 brush (£16.00) are both available on the MAC website here.

Here's a pic with all the eye products used...

Studio Finish Concealer, Fluidline in Blacktrack, Impeccable Brow Pencil in Dirty Blonde, Paint Pot in Painterly (not pictured)

& finally a couple of face shots using all the products mentioned!

I also wore my MAC Paint Pot in Painterly & my MAC Amplified Creme lipstick in Cosmo... My MAC face :-)

Next on my list is their Powder Blush in Harmony. The MUA used it on me, along with one of their blush brushes, omg it looks so natural but sculpted my face brilliantly... Gotta get it!!

You can view my other MAC hauls here, here & here!

Have you done any MAC hauling recently? Any items on your wishlist?




OOTN, FOTN & NOTN: A few drinks ft Revlon's LE Facets of Fuchsia nail enamel!

Hey ladiesss!

Hope you all had a fabulouso weekend :) I can't believe it's Monday AGAIN! You know what they say/sing, "just another manic Monday!" which is def how I'm feeling right now!

So anyways over the weekend I went out for a few drinks with some friends. I opted for quite a glam ensemble, I don't know about you but I would rather be dressed up than dressed down.

So here's my look from the weekend...


(excuse the glum face)
  • Black faux leather top - H&M (blog!)
  • Burgundy bodycon skirt - eBay seller (link!)
  • Black tights - TOPSHOP (link!)
  • Black suede ankle boots - eBay seller (link!)
  • Black oversized clutch - Dorothy Perkins (blog!)
  • Gold chain necklace - Vintage

  • FACE: Benefit That Gal primer, Some Kind-a Gorgeous Foundation Faker (02 Medium), YSL Touche Eclat (#1), Benefit Boi-ing concealer (02 Medium), Benefit Dallas bronzer, Clinique Up-Lighting Liquid Illuminator (02 Peach).
  • EYES: Urban Decay Primer Potion (Original), Urban Decay baked e/s in Buck (all over lid); Gunmetal & Creep (used to create smokey eye), Soap & Glory SUPERCAT carbon black eye liner (top lid), Avon Color Trend Kajal Stick (black) along lower waterline, 2 coats of CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume mascara (Black). Ruby & Millie Brow Enhance (Brown).
  • LIPS: LUSH bubblegum lip scrub, Rimmel lip liner, Revlon lipstick in Cherries in the Snow (new! see blog post)
FYI, I think it's really important to apply lipstick correctly. My lipstick routine takes less than 5 minutes and guarantees your lipstick stays on alll night! Here's my routine...
  1. Prime your lips using a lip scrub (I use LUSH's bubblegum lip scrub as I get to lick it off after!)
  2. Line your lips using a pink lip liner (if you have one - otherwise use a nude one)
  3. Using a lip brush, blend the lip liner into the lips so it kind of stains your lips and acts as a base for the lipstick
  4. Now, using the same lip brush, apply the lipstick in short swipes on the lips, blot, repeat.
  5. Finish your lipstick with a coat of colour-sealing lipgloss or a few coats of Lipcote...
sorted :)


I recently bought this nail colour from Boots, along with the Cherries in the Snow lipstick & nail enamel, as it was on a 3 for 2 offer. Unfortunately, this nail enamel wasn't available at the time, so the lady ordered it in for me (only took a couple of days) and I was still entitled to the 3 for 2 offer! Did you know you can order ANYTHING that's on the Boots website into store for FREE? Amazing!!!

I bought this nail colour after seeing it on a couple of my favourite blogs and knew I had to have it! I love a bit of glitter me. I used my obligatory OPI Nail Envy as a base and then applied a coat of this. I was really taken aback as the formulation was really runny, and also kind of grey? I let it dry then applied another coat... Resume normality :) 2 coats was all it needed to create the effect above! I applied my Seche Vite Dry Fast top coat and then it was lovely and glossy, woop! :)

You can buy Revlon's LE Facets of Fuschia nail enamel for £6.49 from Boots.

What did you wear this weekend? Send me all your links!




Sunday, 29 January 2012

Revlon Cherries in the Snow lipstick and nail enamel review (FOTD and NOTD!)

Hey lovelies!!!

HAPPY SUNDAY! I hope you are enjoying your day :-) I'm just sitting here blogging and watching Air Crash Investigation (I do this every Sunday, geek!)

I've been reading on quite a few blogs recently about Revlon's Cherries in the Snow range (such as Jennie from Sailboat - love her!) and it looked, well, amazing! So, me being the inquisitive type, had to go out and try it for myself!

Here's what I found...

Revlon Cherries in the Snow nail enamel

This is a lovely, creamy raspberry pink shade that just looks beautiful on the nails. I use my OPI Nail Envy (Original) base coat, 2 coats of Cherries in the Snow and then my Seche Vite Dry Fast top coat to complete the look. I have a feeling this shade will definitely be taking me into spring/summer!

You can buy this for £6.49 from Boots.

I've also added this image to my NOTD Archive, consisting of all my NOTD's since I started this blog :-D

Revlon Super Lustrous Cherries in the Snow lipstick

I don't know what it was exactly that drew me to this lipstick initially, but I guess I just felt like injecting a bit of colour to my face and this just seemed like a really stunning, but wearable, shade.

Here it is without flash...

& with flash...

Here it looks like it has a slight reddish tint, but it's definitely pinker IRL.

Swatches! Without flash...

& with flash...

Now these seem kind of purple, and the top one seems very red! OK so here it is on the actual lips lol.



My first thoughts were "OMG, how vibrant!" It's not often I wear shades like these and I felt VERY out of my comfort zone wearing such a shocking shade. The lipstick itself was very pigmented and you really do need a light hand applying it. It's certainly a shade I don't own already, it's very unique and brings some colour into an otherwise pretty 'drab' look and is actually very flattering. I like it :-)

FOTD ft lipstick...

MAC Fix+ to prime
YSL Touche Eclat (#1)
Benefit Boi-ing concealer (02 Sand)
MAC Pro Longwear foundation (NC15)
NARS Laguna bronzer
MAC Fix+ to finish

Urban Decay Primer Potion (Original)
Urban Decay baked e/s (Buck) all over lid
Urban Decay baked e/s (Smog) in outer corners
Soap & Glory SUPERCAT eye-liner (top lid)
Avon Color Trend kajal stick (Brown) on lower waterline
CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume mascara (Black)

LUSH bubblegum lip scrub to prime
No7 nude lip liner
Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Cherries in the Snow

You can buy Revlon's Super Lustrous lipstick in Cherries in the Snow for £7.49 from Boots.

Have you tried Revlon's Cherries in the Snow range? Would you wear a daring raspberry stained lip?

Let me know!




Thursday, 26 January 2012

Revlon Super Lustrous lipgloss in Nude Lustre - review, swatches and FOTD!

Evening lovely ladies!

I hope you've all had a splendid day! Just to let you know about a new product that I bought lately that I am loving - I'm not sure how recently it was released - but it's Revlon's Super Lustrous lipgloss!

I don't know about you guys, but the fact that Jessica Alba is a spokesperson for the brand makes me 10x more likely to buy it! She's beautiful! I bought this lipgloss in the shade Nude Lustre, as I'm a big fan of a nude lip & a more defined eye!
I'm not sure what drew me to this product originally - If I remember correctly, I just swatched it & fell in love! It has a soft, doefoot applicator and the consistency really is so lovely and creamy... Mmm...

In the tube it's a kind of nudey peachy pink colour. Here it is without flash...

& then with flash...

On the lips it's definitely more natural looking. It's an almost colourless shiny nude shade.

Here's my lips before...

& after...

I know it doesn't seem like a huge difference, but I personally love it! I can't tell you how soft the consistency is, it's literally like applying shea or cocoa butter to your lips, it's divine. It's perfect for casual daytime or a more glam evening look & it's definitely going to be one of my go-to lipglosses!

So here's a quick full-face shot...

I'm also wearing...

MAC Fix+
Rimmel 25 Hour Foundation
Maybelline Pure Cover Mineral Concealer (02 Sand)
Bourjois Delice de Poudre bronzer (shade 51)

Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay baked e/s (Buck) all over lid
Urban Decay baked e/s (Smog) in outer corners
Soap & Glory SUPERCAT liner on top lid
Avon Color Trend Kajal Stick (brown) along lower waterline
CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume mascara (Black)

Revlon Super Lustrous lipgloss (Nude Lustre)

Have you tried any of Revlon's lipglosses before? What's your fave natural looking lipgloss?

Let me know via the comments, or tweet me @smoir :)

Lotsa love,



Updated make-up storage post... (MUJI drawers!)

Hey you guys!

I hope you've all had a lovely day today :-)

Now, you may recall a blog I wrote about 2 years ago on my make-up storage. Well, as you can probably imagine, my make-up collection has extended considerably since then & so an updated make-up storage solution was imminently required!

I took a trip to MUJI on Oxford Street (also available online) and purchased some more storage; I bought 2 x 2 Drawers Wide and 1 x 1 Flip-Top Lid Wide, and so now my make-up collection looks like this...


I've stacked four of the drawers on top of each other, and stacked the flip top drawer on top! I'm VERY happy with my updated/extended make-up storage! If you'd like to read a step-by-step guide about how I achieved this, read on...

So here's how my make-up looked before:

I've always used the MUJI drawers but, as you can see, my make-up was overgrowing the limited storage. The drawers were organised by product, but I found that as I was buying more products, they were having to go on the top or on the side i.e unorganised.

So here's what I did...

Step one

I took out ALL my make-up, laid it all onto my bed and separated it into product groups, eg bronzers, blushers, primers, concealers etc. At this point I also cleaned all my make-up (using baby wipes) and gave my old plastic MUJI drawers a good ol' soak in warm, soapy water :-)

Step two

I then allocated drawers for separate product groups. The products that had their own drawers (eg blushers, bronzers) I did first, and the product groups that were quite small (eg concealers, powder foundations) I combined into 1 drawer.

In the end, here are the ten drawers that I formed:

LEFT SIDE (top to bottom):
1) Eyeshadow palettes & powder eyeshadows
2) Mascaras, eyeliners & cream eyeshadows
3) Highlighters
4) Bronzers &
5) Blushers

RIGHT SIDE (top to bottom):
1) Cream foundations
2) Powder foundations & concealers
3) Nude lipsticks & other shades
4) Pink lipsticks
5) Red lipsticks

Step three

I then sorted out all the excess make-up into pots, that I popped on top of the drawers. These are: lipglosses, lip balms & primers. I cleaned my brushes and put them back in the same glass they were in that I blogged about here.

Step four

I then took out some of the pieces I use daily and popped them into a little wicker basket, so that they're easily accessible when I'm in a rush! I'm sure the contents of this basket will change, but for the time being they are...
  • Bourjois 10 hour sleep effect foundation (blogged about here)
  • Bourjois Delice de Poudre bronzer (Shade 51) (blogged about here)
  • Avon Color Trend double-ended kajal stick (Brown & Black)
  • No7 Exceptional Definition mascara (Brown/Black) (blogged about here)
  • Maybelline Pure Cover Mineral Concealer (02 Sand)
  • Carmex Original lip balm :-)
Et voila!

Here's how my make-up looked after:

Everything is neatly organised into categories, my favourites are out on display and, most importantly, there's room to expand! ;-)

How do you store your make-up? Do you find it's ever-changing?!

Let me know!