MAC Fix+

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Oh MAC, how I love your products! However I think you’re confusing people….. now I was looking for a setting spray and when researching for one, MAC’S Prep and Prime Fix+ came up often, also with bad reviews on how terrible it was at setting make up and how it doesn’t ‘Fix’ it at all!

Welllll…… I don’t think this product deserves all the bad reviews because lovelies… it’s not a setting spray! I do think the name MAC have given it is quite misleading as it doesn’t do what you assume from it’s title and fix your make up!

So what is it for?

MAC’S Official Page states:

‘A lightweight, mineral rich finishing mist that refreshes the skin and finishes makeup. Helps create an even surface for a smooth makeup application.’

Ahh I see, so it’s a finishing spray! Does It have any other uses?

– Yesssss! MAC’S Fix+ can be used for:

– A finishing spray to reduce any ‘cakiness’

– A refreshing spritz

– Spritz on before you apply foundation for a smooth glowing base

– Spritz on your brushes before using pigments or shadows for a more dramatic colour.

– Spritz on your brushes before applying foundation for a lighter coverage

And many more…

So do I love this product?

Yessss! It’s especially great for me as I have such dry skin at the moment and the dewy glow I get from Fix+ after doing my make up I love! Also before I do my make up I spray this on my face and it creates a perfect base for my foundation to glide on smoothly.

This product comes in a 100ml bottle at £17, a travel size bottle is also available at a reduced price.

So what do you think? Have you ever used this product? Did you like it? Do you have any other uses for it?

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My #1 Fake Tan Product

I Have been Fake tanning for a loooong time, I’ve been orange and patchy and mistaken for a different race but I think I’ve finally mastered it (I’m sure some would think not)! My love affair with being tanned started with having spray tans, now I have very fair skin (secretly) so I used to look terrible, I’d always want them in the summer but by the time I’d had one, popped my clothes back on, walked to the car in the midst of the summer heat, driven home, went to bed and woken up to have a shower excited for my results……. half of it wouldn’t have taken, as it had been rubbed off and the other half that had, looked like dirt and usually resided on my feet or other areas… and yes I exfoliated and moisturised the night before blah blah blah… So I think we can establish why I stopped standing in a booth naked with a dinner lady hat on being sprayed by a pretty beauty therapist.

Next my love for Sun Beds came alive…. I found them so relaxing and quite often would nod off and be rudely awoken as the warm tubular lamps turned off suddenly. Sunbeds however dried my skin out so badly, no matter how much I moisturised and I gained a mole……. which luckily was nothing to worry about… but it scared me in to stopping using them!

Next It was time to try mist spray myself…but what a mess they were!! Finally I tried fake tan mousse, from £25 bottles to £3 bottles…. but no matter which ones I tried…. St Moriz Instant Self Tanning Mousse, one of the cheapest products out there, always came out on top!

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I have seen this product as cheap as £2.75  in some shops, here’s a link to buy it from Boots for £4.99. It comes in two different shades, Medium and Dark, I can’t say there’s much of a difference between shades but obviously the fairer your skin is the lighter the shade you should use for a more natural result!

Now after years of using this mousse I’ll tell you how I get the best results!

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Step One-Prep

Exfoliate and shave in the shower/bath, the results are sooo much better if you prep your skin beforehand. Next I rub Vaseline into my knees, ankles, toes, elbows, wrists and knuckles, this stops it drying darker on the dryer areas. Now I use a moisturiser all over (whilst wearing gloves)… for extra colour I use one with a gradual tanning in it too 😉

Step Two- Slap It On

I usually pop a tiny bit more Vaseline in those dry areas again, then using a Mit over the top of gloves I quickly sweep the tan all over my body, except the palms of my hands and bottoms of my feet obviously 😉 It is so important to use a mit, without this it looks patchy and uneven, also don’t press too hard with the mit, you want the product to look natural. Soooo…. what about that awkward triangle in the middle of your back your wondering??

Now I’m pretty sure they’ve invented a device to help you out now but I don’t to buy one because…

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That’s right…. I have a spatula…. and loom bands!!! Talk about good improvisation! I just pop the mit on it and secure it with loom bands my daughter made me…. because I had no rubber bands! And Viola! Don’t worry I don’t use it for food anymore!! 🙂

Now why do I love St Moriz over other fake tan products?

It is instant!

It lasts longer and fades evenly then most I’ve used!

It isn’t orange!

It’s cheap!

🙂

So what’s your favourite fake tan product? Or if you’ve used this one… what do you think?

(I have not been sponsored to write about this product)

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How To: Daytime Smokey Eyes

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It’s no secret how much I love a brown smokey eye with liquid eyeliner, however so many struggle with the precision eyeliner flick I’ve decided to show you a smudgy smokey look with a kohl pencil. This look can be worn for day or night and is sooo easy 🙂

First I use a primer on my lids, I am loving NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base for £19.50… your eye make up does not go anywhere with this stuff 😯 a.m.a.z.i.n.g! !! Of course there are cheaper alternatives out there like Rimmel’s Under Cover shadow primer for £4.99.

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Next it’s time for a light coloured eyeshadow along the brow bone and a darker brown on the lids as a transition colour.

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Now draw your eyeliner on with a kohl eyeliner pencil, this can be black or brown. (Tip: warm the tip of the pencil up by rubbing it on your hand before applying to the eye.. clean hands of course ;p). This line does not have to be neat as now it’s time to blend. Load a small eye shadow brush with an even darker shade of brown and smudge the eyeliner upwards, when the line isn’t prominent, use a blending brush to blend the eyeshadow and eyeliner together creating a smokey eye look. Don’t forget to pop a little under the eyes too!
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Here are the colours I’ve used from my MAC Amber Times Nine Palette . You can obviously use any 3 colours however for a day look or the more mature skin I’d recommend a matte shadow. I absolutely love this palette, all of MAC’S eyeshadows are so pigmented they are fabulous!!!

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Now it’s time for lashings of mascara… This one from Maxfactor is my favourite everyday one at the mo! Hope you have a go lovelies, What do you think of this look?

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Watch my first YouTube Video on how to create a day time smokey eye look…

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How To: Ombré Lips

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According to Oxford Dictionaries ombré is defined as:

‘having tones of colour that shade into each other, graduating from light to dark.’
“a blue and white ombré silk shift”
Origin
French, past participle of ombrer ‘to shade’.
We’ve had Ombré Hair, Nails and now Lips! I’ve seen this trend all over Instagram and just had to try it myself, it’s so much more flattering than the traditional lined lips. The darker shades add definition and as the colour is blended out it creates the illusion of fuller lips. It was actually really hard to photograph and show the illusion as it really did just look as if the light was reflecting off, however the bigger the contrast between colours the more prominent the look is!
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Step 1- Prep
If you have chapped lips I’d recommend buffing them before applying any lipstick for a flawless look! You can lightly scrub them with a toothbrush or use a lip scrub to brush off the dead skin, like Lush’s Bubblegum one here. Next it’s time to moisturise your lips, I’ve used good old Vaseline , a product EVERYONE should have in their make up kit or you could use a base like MAC’s PREP+PRIME LIPS  then with a light brush of powder, to really make the colour pop it’s time to get colourful!
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Step 2- Lip Liner
When choosing the look you want I would recommend 2 versions of a similar colour however one dark shade and one light. For example Dark and Light Pink, Dark Green and Light Purple… not so much ;).
I start how I usually would line the lips traditionally, then I blend inwards with the pencil positioned on it’s side. Darker on the outside and minimal towards the middle of the lips.
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With your finger, gently pat and smudge the colour closest to the inside of your lips to make the lines less harsh.
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Step 3- Ombré Blend
I have chosen Maxfactors Lipstick in ‘Star Dust Pink’, using a lip brush I have blended the colour from the outside in trying not to get too much of the lip liner colour on the inner part of my lips.
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So here you have it, I have rubbed my lips together once or twice and I haven’t, but you could finish off with a coat of clear Lipgloss and you’re done 🙂 This is quite a subtle version of the look but you can be as bold as you like.
Have you tried this look? Or will you now?
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Outlet Bargains!

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I just had to pop into Bicester Village Designer Outlet after discovering they have a cosmetics shop 😮 hello discounted designer Make Up. The shop was in quite a mess with testers I wouldn’t go near breeding germs, it’s nothing like going to a Make Up counter and they don’t have the latest best sellers, but if you dig around you can certainly get some good stuff at a discounted rate! Here’s what I bought…

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Nightingale and Edge To Edge MAC lip pencils.
RRP:£12.50
Outlet Price: £8.75

These colours are no longer available to buy online however there are similar alternatives. The colour ‘Beet’ is very close to ‘Nightingale’ and there are a few alike to ‘Edge To Edge’.

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I’m a big fan of these pencils, you can wear them on their own for a matte look, with lipstick, MAC’S Lipglass or other lipglosses.

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MAC Satin Lipstick- Rebel
RRP: £15.50
Outlet price: £10

This gorgeous colour is available online, I teamed mine up with the ‘Nightingale’ Pencil and it came out a gorgeous colour!

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If you didn’t already know MAC’S lipsticks come in 9 different finishes for certain desired textures and looks, this colour has a Satin Finish, this lasted so long on my lips!!

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MAC PRO Set Powder
RRP: £22.50
Outlet price: £14.50

This is one of MAC’S Pro products and I love it! It’s so light and sets foundation perfectly leaving a velvety matte look. I struggled to find a colour suitable for me as they don’t have the full range of shades, mostly they just have the least popular ones. But I’m happy with this and what a discount!!

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PRO Palette Large/Single
RRP:£14
Outlet price: £10.50

Now this palette I’m a bit annoyed about 🙈. On MAC’S Official Page It is actually advertised at £10!!!! Grrrr.

If you haven’t seen these before they are fab! You can buy inserts to pop inside the palettes and you can choose the colours you like, there’s ones for eyeshadow, powders, foundations or lipsticks, basically anything! These are a Make Up Artists best friend! They now have a clear lid so you can see your colours easily… High five!!!

Overall I’m really pleased with my cheeky discounted products this week, they also sell other designer brands such as NARS Smash box and Bobbi Brown. Here’s their website. If you’re after cheaper branded make up check this store out, remember there are so many fakes out there, these stores are the only places you will find products cheaper, be careful who you buy from and especially what’s out there on EBAY!

Lots Of Love

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