Monday, July 27, 2015

My MAC Makeup Collection to date

To celebrate the official opening of the first ever MAC store in Malta any day this week (the excitement is so very real!!!), here is my MAC Cosmetics collection to date. I purchased all of these items abroad as MAC is always the first store I frantically look for and thus, my collection still growing; and now that we will have a store here I have a slight feeling that it will grow in no time ;) I am always overwhelmed with the choice at MAC stores and counters but slowly I look forward to increasing my collection!



Lipsticks

MAC is of course well know for their amazing quality lipsticks. The colour range is outstanding as well as the different finishes - everyone will be pleased! Well ok, maybe not your wallet but you definitely will find something you like. Currently, I own three MAC lipsticks, Naked Paris {Lustre}, All Fired Up {Retro Matte} and Hot Gossip {Creme Sheen}. My favourite finish out of them all is the Creme Sheen but my favourite shade has to be All Fired Up which was actually chosen by my boyfriend.


Naked Paris is the first MAC lipstick I ever purchased (bought in Paris!) and it is a sheer brown nude.
All Fired Up is a matte fuchsia and Hot Gossip is a soft plummy mauve. I love the vanilla scent that MAC lipsticks carry and I am a big fan of the click with which they close. They are a little pricey for lipsticks but I sincerely don't mind paying full price for them because they perform really well!

Blush

I have two blushes from MAC, Gleeful Mineralize Blush and Dame Powder Blush. As far as packaging goes, I prefer the one for the Mineralize Blush which looks and feels more sturdy but when it comes to the blushes themselves, I can't choose between the two because both colours flatter my skin tone. Gleeful is more pigmented though and I suggest using a light hand to apply it, then build up the colour later according to your preference.


Fluidline

Probably the world's most popular black gel eye liner (and with good reason) comes in the form of MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack. I will always have special ties with this product primarily because it was my very first MAC product (my dear friend Marija from Pocalocca got me it) and also because it has never let me down. Pigmentation is to die for and it just doesn't budge once dry - it even holds on my mum who sweats easily and she always asks me to apply some of it on special occasions!


Dazzleshadow

Lastly, Dazzleshadow in Can't Stop Don't Stop. I haven't used this yet because I just bought it last week but when I swatched it at the counter, I absolutely had to get it! I don't think I will use it all over the lid but I think it will make a nice, dazzling eyeliner colour with it's purple base and multi-tonal reflects.



So that's it for my current, small MAC collection. What are your must-have MAC products?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Exit Interview Series | Volume #43

June wasn't a very good month in terms of empties because I really don't have a lot to show you and some products are common recurrences now so let's get those out of the way.

By now you all know that I can't be without Impulse deodorants and Lycia Makeup Remover Wipes and I continuously repurchase them cos I go through them real quick.


Next I have some nail related items starting with the Essence Sponge Nail Polish Remover Acetone Free. I don't think I would repurchase this product because I one used it to remove red nail polish and I couldn't remove any other colour after without getting all my fingers stained red because the sponge seems to retain the colours unlike other sponge removers from other brands that sort of push the removed polish down.


The other nail products, the Orly GelFX cleanser (pro product) and the Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover are two products that I can't imagine myself working without when doing nails. I just love that they do what they are supposed to without any hassle whatsoever.

Lastly, I have a few makeup items. I won't be repurchasing any of these except for the Max Factor mascara and the Essence Brow Gel because I really like those two. The others however, I just don't like anymore and it took me a whole lot of effort to go through them before I could throw them away because I hate wasting products.



Saturday, July 11, 2015

June Collective Haul

I know I am a little late...again on the end-of-month haul but I still wanted to show you what I got anyways :) I'll start with fashion related items first, then move on to beauty.

I bought this pair of wedges from Aldo shoes and I have already worn them countless times - they go with so many outfits and are oh so comfy!! I have also found this grey holographic clutch bag on sale and surprisingly, I have worn it quite a few times as well.


I got some tops and a pair of red jeans from Stradivarius during a trip to Valletta. I never seem to be able to leave the store empty handed and some basics never hurt anyone ;) I also got these two cute tops from Dorothy Perkins as I find them very versatile for summer when you need to smarten yourself a little but still keep it comfy :)



I went a little accessory crazy this month with this Dorthy Perkins bucket bag which I am totally in love with, a pair of sunglasses and some bangles and bracelets from Promod as well as more bangles and rings from Born Pretty Store.




Next up are the beauty items, most of which are nail related. I bought backups of the Nivea eye makeup remover and the Lycia makeup remover wipes, both of which I can't be without. I also bought an array of nail embellishments and tools from Born Pretty Store (some of them were actually sent for review purposes). I also bough Sally Hansen Nail Growth Miracle which totally works and I'm in love with and three Sinful Colors Pinata Blasts from ebay. The shades I got are Mamacita, Fierce Fiesta and Baila Baila.






Lastly, the boyfriend treated me to a new nail drill kit, some Oumaxi acrylic paints and an assortment of nail decorations :)



Monday, July 6, 2015

Review | Skin Food Lettuce and Cucumber Watery Toner

A while ago I was invited to Wangbii, a Korean makeup and skincare store in Sliema and the first of its sort in Malta. With everything being so cute and tempting, I couldn't leave the store empty handed and so I picked up the Skin Food Lettuce & Cucumber Watery Toner on my way out.


I was drawn to this product immediately upon having it applied to my skin by Mapi, the makeup artist at Wangbii as part of prepping my skin clean prior to makeup application. I was sold as soon as I had a whiff of the fresh scent the product carries and upon learning that it even removes makeup.

The packaging is nothing short of cute with the bottle a transparent light green colour that looks very fresh, just like lettuce and cucumbers! There is also a handy stopper that keeps the toner from spilling out. The amount is also quite generous - 180ml.


Now even though it says it's a watery toner on the label, I find that is a little more dense than your typical toner. I like to apply this toner right after I use makeup remover to remove any left over traces of make up from my skin and instantly refresh it.

I sometimes like to use it to remove makeup when I am only wearing just a couple of products and also in the morning and at work when I need to refresh my skin. Moreover, I have noticed my skin is looking clearer these days ever since I have been using this product.

The price may come across as expensive for some but I think that €12.95 for a product that is going to last you for a long time is reasonable. 

Wangbii is located in Tower Road in Sliema and you can follow their Facebook page for regular updates and offers.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Review | Max Factor Excess Intensity Longwear Eyeliner 04 Charcoal

Today's review is going to be a rave review about my new favourite 'black' eyeliner pencil, which as you can tell by the title is the Max Factor Excess Intensity Longwear Eyeliner in the shade 04 Charcoal.


Now this has been in my stash for a year or so I think and it was sent to me when Max Factor Malta launched their #selfeye competiton. I never really had a chance to use the eyeliner properly (except for the competition) mainly because I wanted to use up the other black eye pencils that I had. However, a couple of months ago, I gave in and used this pencil instead of my usual one and boy I'm so glad I did!

Here's a word about the packaging first. So the eyeliner comes in a very slim, sleek twist-up pen format and you get 0.18g of product which I admit is not much. I like that the pencil comes with a twist-up mechanism as you don't have to ever sharpen it and being so slim, it is the perfect eye pencil to pop even in the smallest of handbags.


The colour leans more towards a dark grey rather than a jet black and I actually like it for that because it doesn't look as harsh as black eye pencil especially for day time. I like that it lasts for a good number of hours on my waterline before it starts to fade. 

I would repurchase this eyeliner and recommend it to anyone who prefers a more subtle approach over a harsh black.

Max Factor products can be found on sale at authorised outlets and pharmacies. Make sure to follow their facebook page for trying luck at one of their frequent competitions and to stay up to date with product information. 

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