Sunday, 18 March 2012

My MAC Lipstick Collection

I became a fan of MAC lipsticks about a year ago. I first discovered MAC when I was in Dubai 2 years ago and thats when I purchased my 107 foundation brush (I wanted to buy some lipsticks over there, but they were horrendously expensive). Then a miracle happend and a MAC shop opened up in the Debenhams store near where I live, which meant bye-bye wages...

Over the last year I have bought 3 MAC lipsticks and I thought I would do a post about the colours and what I think they would look nice with and what occasions I wear them for. So if you're interested, keep reading :)

MAC have different variations of lipstick. The ones I have are lustures and frosts, but I think there are other categories as well. Also I wanted to warn people about buying these lipsticks online. DO NOT do it unless you've had the lipstick before. The colours online look extremely different than what they are in real life. I remember looking online and liking the look of some colours and when I went into the shop to buy them they were very different. After each description I've added in the picture of the lipstick from the MAC website so you can see the difference.

The first MAC lipstick I bought was 'Lovelorn' and its a lusture lipstick, meaning its a dewy finish on the lips as opposed to being matte or really glittery. Its ideal if you're after a natural make up look as its a nice rosy colour. This lipstick looks great with a neutral eyeshadow, lots of mascara and a pretty summer dress. Its ideal if you want to look a bit more done up than you would if you were just wearing a nude colour. I'd usually wear this if I was going shopping or out for lunch with my girlies

My second and probably my favourite MAC lipstick that I own is 'Fabby' which is from the frost category. It can be worn smart casual and can be glammed up for a night out with a touch of lipgloss. The colour is a sort of dark dusty pink with hints of gold in it. It is beautiful, I've never seen a high street alternative of this colour; its truly unique. If I choose not to opt for red lips on a night out, I'll go for this with a nude lipgloss over the top, dramatic smokey eyes and a LBD.

I think this is the most misleading colour online. The caption above shows the picture from the MAC website and it looks purple; nothing to what it looks in real life.

My most recent acquisition in MAC lipsticks is 'Angel' which was a birthday present from my Mum. This is a frost lipstick, and its a very neutral nude colour-perfect for everyday.

Again the website picture looks very different; a deep mulberry colour, but in reality its a pinky nude. On the lips it looks quite similar to Lovelorn, but its much more of a nude as opposed to rose. Its a really easy colour to wear and I'd wear with jeans and T-Shirt if I was heading into uni or to the shops.

As you can tell all my colours are pretty similar. However I wear each one for different occasions. None of the colours are too garish, they are all really beautiful easy to wear colours which can be dressed up, which makes them all very versitile . I intend to widen this collection over time so all I can say is I hoped you enjoy reading this and it helped if you were thinking about buying a MAC lipstick.

Have a great day!
Georgie xxx

Thursday, 8 March 2012

New Beauty Sensation: Jennifer Lawrence

As I am a magazine junkie, always looking for new beauty and fashion bits, I religiously buy Glamour and Cosmopolitan every month. I couldn't help but notice how beautiful Jennifer Lawrence looked on this month's cover of Glamour. I'd never really heard of her before and reading the interview she chats about eating ranch breakfasts (and still has a body to die for!) not having to worry about losing weight and how demurely naive she appeared to be about Hollywood. She is the perfect balance of being slim yet curvy, you can tell she eats chips and chocolate once in a while, which makes her endeering  because that means she probably enjoys life! I think its so refreshing to have an actress and someone who is going to become a role model, who is, for lack of a better word, normal. For the Glamour photoshoot, her physique looked so womanly, yet Hollywood probably deems her fat and its outrageous.

First thing you notice about this photo, is Jennifer's amazing body! She has an amazing curvacious physique which a lot of women would kill for, her hair and facial features are absolutely beautiful and the make up for this shoot isn't too overpowering, it just accenuates her features. I think this is the kind of woman young girls should aspire to, (obviously in an ideal world we should all be happy with ourselves as we are, but in reality we all have our insecurities, as I'm sure she does too). Hollywood seriously distorts our perspective of beauty and makes us believe that we are not good enough because we are not a size zero. This consequently makes us feel bad about our bodies and makes us think we aren't beautiful because we are guilty of believing that to be beautiful is to be stick thin.  It makes young women so vulnerable to insecurities about their bodies, when the whole system is just corrupt. What makes celebrities the template for an ideal beautiful woman anyway? Is it ethical for magazines to airbrush their models, when they are well aware of the impact it will have on young women? I guess the better the models look, the more money is made, its just a shame that being a size zero has to be the reason the clothes look good.

I want a fringe like this! But doubt it would look that good on me!

I'm really eager to see The Hunger Games now just to see what she's like as an actress. The trailer looks great and she looks so different in the film! I reckon she's going to become a great influence in Hollywood!

Check out the trailer for The Hunger Games below.

Have a great day!
Georgie xxx

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Review: L'oreal Paris False Lash Telescopic Mascara

This is a polar opposite review to my previous one which is nice to know! L'Oreal False Lash Telescopic Mascara is certainly a tricky name to say quickly or if you were slightly intoxicated. I've seen so many reviews of this mascara recently and all have been positive, consequently I finally decided to go and purchase one. What also swayed me was that my lovely friend bought about a week ago and I could not believe the difference in her lashes. When I applied mine I couldn't believe it either! Its honestly the best mascara I've ever had. I'm very wary of buying mascaras because it sometimes hurts to part with £10 (which is probably the average price of a mascara on the market at the moment). My previous mascara (MaxFactor False Lash effect) has been dry for sometime now so that's the reason I used to justify buying this one. I'm always wary about re-purchasing a product, especially a mascara, because I feel I'm just giving the company £10 whereas I'd rather spend that money trying out a new one. However I'm quite conflicted because I never know which one to buy and I feel deflated if its not great because I've wasted my money. Its irritating because unlike foundations, blushes, powders and lipsticks, mascara is the only thing which you can't test in a shop, its inconvenient but obviously justified as it would be unhygenic.  There are so many mascaras on the market right now, with more being added every month. The L'Oreal False Lash Telescopic mascara came out a few weeks ago. I've never had a L'Oreal mascara before so thought I might try it. The colour I went for is 'Magnetic Black.' I would always go for a black mascara because it just shows up on the lashes so much better. I can safely say that MaxFactor False Lash Effect has met its match! I can't really comment if this version is better or worse than the other Telescopic Mascaras in L'Oreal's range because as I said, this is the first L'Oreal mascara I've had.

The packaging itself is quite groovy, its designed to look like a telescope which is obviously how it coincides with the name. However, the packaging itself would not have attracted me to the product, which I suppose is good in a way because its not 'judging the book by its cover.' I've been so guilty in the past of buying a product which has amazing packaging, yet when you try the product out you realise that all the budget went into the design and manufacturing of the cool packaging as opposed to actually making a good quality product.

Naturally, my eyelashes are nothing to write home about, not particularly long or thick, but they're not particularly short either. This mascara separates and lengthens extremely well. The brush is plastic as opposed to bristles, and its a fairly slim brush. I was always illusioned by the belief that a thicker brush would make the lashes longer and appear more volumized. This can be true in some cases, however I now realise its not always the case as this mascara brush is fairly slim and gives amazing results. The formulation is thick yet not gloopy; a perfect balance. The physical appearance of the brush itself is a 'spiky' one. If you look at the brush, the 'spikes' are at the top and the bottom and the sides are flat. Its extremely effective if you rotate the brush as you apply; this is the key to lengthened, spidery effect. The final outcome is a set of extremely lengthened, spidery lashes which in my opinion, still look fairly natural, they're not clumpy at all. I did curl my lashes before hand, but I do that religiously everyday anyway. Eyelash curlers are a secret weapon! No make up bag should ever be without them, they make such a difference!

After curling and two coats

The brush
This mascara retails for £10.99 which is quite pricey for a highstreet cosmetic brand, however in my opinion its worth the money. Overall, I would give this mascara a 9/10 which is excellent. I'm not sure that there is a 'perfect mascara' that deserves a 10/10 rating, one certainly hasn't come across my path yet, but this one comes pretty close. 

Pigmentation: 9/10
Ease of application: 8/10 (as you do need to rotate the wand as you apply for maximum effect).
Packaging: 7/10 nothing special, but at the end of the day its not too relevant as it doesn't relate to how effective the product is. 
Brush: 9/10
Overall: 9/10

In conclusion, I'm very pleasantly surprised with how good this mascara actually is. I think it would be safe to say that I would re-purchase this when mines run out. In my opinion its the best £10.99 I've spent in a while! 

Please comment below and let me know what experience you have had with this product!

Have a lovely day!
Georgie xxx

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Review: Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain

I hate to say this but first and foremost, this product was a massive disappointment to me, potentially the worst makeup item that I have ever bought; that's saying a lot because I've bought a lot of make up in my 20 years on this planet. I feel bad that my first proper product review is going to be a negative one, but I want to warn people about the Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain.

Several cosmetic companies are all of a sudden bringing out lipstains, and we have also recently seen the mammoth rise of the gel eyeliner. All are boasting good value, high quality products. Something tells me that I was just unlucky with the one which I purchased. The only reason I bought the Revlon lipstain was because the lip products were two for £10 and my friend and I went £5 each and both got one. She however was wiser and purchased a lipstick, 'Cherries in the Snow' and I must say it looked beautiful. Looking back I wish I'd just bought a lipstick. This lipstain retails for £7.99 and I would have been VERY upset if I'd paid that much for it.

Anyway, down to business, what forces me to believe that maybe this one was a one off unlucky purchase. When I tested this product, it was lovely, hence why I bought it. I got back to my flat, and tried it on. Lovely. I bought the lipstain in the colour 'passion' and it is a beautiful colour; bright, pretty pink without being to garish, easy enough to wear everyday. However when I went back 2 hours later to reapply (It didn't need reapplying really, I just wanted to play with it) it was completely dry and no colour came out onto my lips when I tried to apply it. I could literally draw a line down my face and nothing would come out. I've had this product for over a week now and its still the same. Yet I was in Boots today and tried the tester again just out of curiosity and it was fine, having been used numerous times; consequently making me think I had the bad egg of the bunch.

Another reason I don't get on with this product, aside from the fact it only worked once, is the poor packaging. The other end is a balm, which is applied over the stain to give a sheen to the lips which initally does look beautiful. However the cap does not click into place (this goes for all of the lipstains, not just my potential bad egg) hence it's not secure and  comes off very easily in your handbag as mine did. The balm snapped off and the product was ruined, this is the worst design flaw of the whole thing.  The balm just sticks out, it does not wind down, which makes it trouble beacuse if the lid comes off in your handbag it just mushes into the lining and makes your bag messy; something which you don't need to put you in a bad mood. This photo below demonstrates the 'snapped off' balm.

Would I ever buy a lipstain from another brand? Maybe, because I do love the effect stains have on the lips. I would never buy a Revlon one but potenially a MaxFactor one, yet with my bad experience with this one I would be apprahensive about purchasing one ever again. Like I said, maybe I'm just giving them a bad name, but my personal experience with this product was dire. I was excited for the release of the Revlon Lip Butters later in month and its made me think twice about purchasing one, which is sad.

Please comment below and let me know if you've had a good or bad experience with this product.

Have a great day! Georgie xxx