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Bloggers Made Me Do It

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When your main hobby is watching YouTube and reading blogs, you’re bound to be influenced by bloggers. The majority of beauty items and products that I purchase have definitely come from highly recommended sources. But that’s the beauty of the internet! Instant product reviews at your fingertips; they basically make the decision for you, no?

I may still hum and haw over many of the purchases, but I need to share with you a recent one that no second sober thought was given to. It was basically instant; review watched, product purchased. SNAP. It happened so fast I didn’t even realize what was happening. But I think I basically just found my favourite lipstick and lip-liner ever….so it was worth it.

It’s MAC’s Mehr Matte Lipstick with the lipliner SoarAnd I owe it all to two of my all-time favourite bloggers! My brit girls Vivianna Does Makeup and Lily PebblesThey rant, they rave,  I buy. Good job girls. It’s like they know my colours better than I do myself. I’m so in love. Be prepared for this combo in all pictures for the foreseeable future!

What is your favourite blogger recommended purchase?

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MAC Eyeshadow Collection

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As I was organizing and cleaning out my makeup drawers this past weekend, I pulled out all of my MAC Eyeshadows so that we could take a closer look. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve shared any part of my makeup collection with you (although you usually get the gist through my reviews and Top 5 posts), but I thought I’d take a little tour of a section that seems to be quite popular over the years of beauty blog posts and YouTube videos. So here is a little taste of my MAC Cosmetics Eyeshadows.

My most used and probably oldest of the shadows can be found put together in one of my MAC magnetic quads. These quads are super easy for travel purposes and it’s easy to pop out the magnetic shadows and switch them out for others as your favourites change. At the moment my quad consists of Honey Lust Lustre (top left), Sumptuous Olive (top right), Antiqued Velvet Pearl (bottom left), and Sketch Velvet (bottom right). These are my most reached for, especially Antiqued, and are also awesome together!

My other single magnetic shades are held in another quad and are my least reached for MAC eyeshadows. These are more “funky” colours that are for special occasions. The first is Swimming Lustre which is a kermit the frog kinda green. Then I have Knight Divine Veluxe Pearl which is actually great for navy smokey eyed looks. And then finally, the bright purple Nocturnelle Frost. 

The single potted shadows are a mix of new and rarely used shadows. Let’s go clockwise from the bottom of the picture. First we have the ever popular Black Gold Velvet, which got a ton of use as my only black eyeshadow for the longest time. The next is a new love, the Mystery Satin eyeshadow; a lovely matte taupe. The next is Quarry Matte which I acquired through my Mom’s clear out of her drawers. I can see myself getting a ton of use outta this one! Next over we have Chill Satin shadow which is reminiscent of a 2001 snowball dance at the local roller rink. Those were the days where I swept this over the lid; only this. Now it gets some use as a highlighting shadow. Next is my all-time favourite, simply called Soft Brown Matte. Another good smokey eye can be achieved with Contrast Velvet and last but not least the almost empty Amber Lights Frost

So help me out. Now that you’ve seen the number of eyeshadows I have, should I keep them in their current state, depot them into quads, or depot them all into one large 15 shadow palette? De-potting is actually quite easy, and you can check out my method here. In the past the single pot or quad was preferred due to my constant travelling, but thats not really a concern anymore. So which is your favourite storage method for your MAC eyeshadows? Talk to me friends!

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The Highlighting Brush

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Everyone has a specific tool for a specific task. There are never any rules when it comes to being creative, even in the world of makeup. So when I couldn’t figure out how to best apply my highlighter, I broke away from my plethora of brushes and sought a new one.

My journey took me to a MAC Cosmetics store in which the brush selection was limited and minimal. In great customer service fashion, someone asked if they could help me so I asked about the brushes. Unbeknownst to me, apparently MAC Cosmetics locations only carry a limited number of brushes, whereas the MAC Pro Stores carry a ton of brushes. I wasn’t aware there was a difference. How silly of me….

Either way my Mac experience was awesome, just like every time I’m there. I got into a conversation with the makeup artists and I asked what he liked to use for highlighter. He suggested quite a few different options and was really helpful in describing what each brush would do for my highlighting needs. But I found myself even more confused! There were more than I thought. In the end we narrowed it to three categories: 1. Full coverage (Disco Ball), 2. Medium Coverage (Airbrushed Photos) or 3. Light Coverage (Fairy Dusting). We certainly had a fun time chatting.

In the end I chose the Fairy Dusting highlighting coverage. I’m not into full coverage makeup on a daily basis and I wanted something that I could use regularly (especially considering the price of some of the Mac brushes). I chose the Mac 137 brush. I soft, slightly bushy brush that has really long fibre. I learnt, and it makes perfect sense now of course, that the looser the fibre, the lighter the coverage. Obvi. I’ve been loving my light dusting of all my highlighters and I’m so happy I chose the Mac 137 brush.

What do you use for your highlighter? Dense brush? Fan brush? Which category of highlight do you fall into?

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