Ps… Primark Makeup Haul; Part Two.

Ever since my favourite Beauty Blogger, My Pale Skin shared her Ps… Primark Makeup video via her Youtube Channel, I have been keeping a fairly regular check on their beauty products. Over the years I’ve tried many different Brands of makeup and have found that occasionally, the best quality buys are sometimes the cheapest. Therefore, I decided to take some inspiration from gorgeous Em and pick up a few items myself and overall, I was pretty impressed with the majority of my purchases.

Currently, one of the huge hypes in the world of makeup is the large variety of blending brushes, from unicorn to mermaid tails, you can’t really say there’s not a lot to choose from. I picked up the medium Ps… Pro Blending Brush and was pleasantly surprised by the ease and precision of it’s application! Although the brush does feel very delicate, like it could potentially break whilst I’m using it on my face, it has yet to do so! I do wonder if the quality of these brushes vary with the higher end Brands, but until it breaks – I shall be sticking with this one for now.

The second product I decided to pick up was the viral Mermaid Tail Brush, professionally known as the Ps… Insta Girl Perfection Powder Brush. To be honest, I wasn’t very concerned about how well this would apply my makeup, I simply found it too cute to not add to my collection! However, this product also works beautifully and I found it a lot quicker to use, than my regular sponge. I truly hope that Primark release more shades, as I would definitely buy another!

The third applicator I purchased was the also viral, Silicone Sponge, which came in a two pack and was around £2, so definitely a lot cheaper then some of the other ones out there. I’d heard both amazing and terrible reviews about this item and was very eager to try it out myself. Whilst applying my foundation, I discovered that a little foundation definitely goes a long way on the Silicone Sponge! I sadly concluded that the product wasn’t as great as it seemed on the many Instagram videos and it just spread the foundation around without blending it in.

Possibly my favourite blending brush I purchased was the, Ps… Pro Non Latex Double Ended Blender, which I bought to use for applying my concealer. I know not everyone is a fan of double sided brushes, but I personally think this one is absolutely amazing! The product is perfect for getting to all the hard to reach places on my face and blends the concealer wonderfully. It’s very light weight and is the perfect size to fit into your makeup bag. Plus, with the makeup sponges being attached to the brush, it prevents you getting any foundation or concealer all over your hands – huge bonus!

Besides brushes, I also picked up the Ps… My Perfect Colour Liquid Concealer in the shade Porcelain, for just £2! After seeing Em review this and comparing it to NARS Chantilly Liquid Concealer, I knew I simply had to try it – especially with the huge price variation. I’ve tried quite a few concealers and foundations over the years and have always found it extremely hard to find a shade that doesn’t end up looking orange on me. However, I was simply over the moon when I applied the Primark Concealer and noticed it actually was the shade it was advertised as! I’m very happy that I can now save a huge amount of money on concealer and have officially swapped over from NARS to Primark! Who’d have thought?

The final two beauty buys I purchased from Primark were of course, my favourite thing to buy – lipsticks! I picked up the, Ps… Get Lippy Matte Collection in Girls World and the, Ps… Super Matte Lipstick in Cherry Pie. Sadly, I was quite disappointed in the lack of shade variations available and these two colours were the closest I could find to a red or a vibrant colour. Although both appear on the packaging to be a hot pink/purple shade, they looked a lot darker when applied on my lips. Personally, I love to try bold and striking lip colours, but I found this just too overwhelming and intense on myself – and that’s from someone who adores a striking lipstick! The Autumn and Winter Seasons are definitely the right time to try a stand out lip, but I just wasn’t feeling the look or overall quality of the product. However, the matte stick lipstick does have a very sweet scent and the prices are extremely reasonable.

Ultimately, I was extremely happy with the majority of my Ps.. makeup buys and have noticed a huge improvement in the Primark Beauty Brand. I will definitely now be venturing into there more often and hopefully find lots of other hit quality products with great affordable price tags to share with you all!

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Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Sagittarius.

With Jeffree Star Cosmetics being one of my current favourite Makeup Brands,  I metaphorically jumped for joy when Beauty Bay sent me an email saying they were having a sale on selected products and his was one of them! Not only did I get the Beauty Killer Palette for £28.00 instead of £40.00 –  which I’ll be reviewing in another post – I bought the beautiful Sagittarius Velour Liquid Lipstick for £11.20, instead of £16.00!

It’s amazing to think how much your makeup tastes can evolve over the years. Believe it or not, a few years ago I wouldn’t wear any other colour apart from nude – MAC’s Myth to be exact – and look at me now! I think it’s important to try a variety of makeup products and shades even though some things can often look intimidating and you may even think it won’t suit you. However, once you take a chance you could end up finding a new favourite product which inspires you to break out of your comfort zone.

Which brings me to this gorgeous lipstick – Sagittarius! If you’re already a fan of Jeffree and his products, you’ll know that every year he releases a Holiday Collection and this lipstick was one of the shades created. It is a purple mauve colour and as someone who loves mauve lipsticks, I really wanted to take a chance and try something a bit daring. However, at £16.00 these aren’t the cheapest products out there, so I wasn’t expecting to be able to purchase this – until it was temporarily placed on sale!

This lipstick is similar to one of Jeffree’s most popular shades, Scorpio, although that is described as a purple toned grey, instead of a purple mauve. However, as I absolutely adore this lipstick and Scorpio is my Starsign, I may have to add it to my wish list! Ironically enough, I was slightly apprehensive about purchasing Sagittarius as I really wasn’t sure if I could pull it off, even my mum said to me that she wasn’t a big fan of the colour. Ultimately, I decided to go with my gut instinct and buy it anyway – and I’m so glad that I did!

The packaging is virtually the same as the standard Velour Liquid Lipstick, except for the top of the applicator being red instead of pink, as well as the box. The only slight negative of the product is it needs a few more layers to be completely opaque, compared to my other two Jeffree Star lipsticks. However, I know that certain shades can be harder to create and as I love applying makeup, it’s ultimately not a problem.

This lipstick is truly perfect for everyone, it’s incredibly versatile and although it’s more of an Autumn/Winter shade, it’s so unique I think it should be worn all year round. What I love about Jeffree’s Brand is he is so passionate about makeup and creates such distinctive products that are truly like no other. I love how Brands are being so innovative and constantly striving to bring new products and shades to life. In doing this it gives so  many people the freedom to create new looks, increase their confidence and helping to bring out their true self.

Sadly, there is no longer a sale on Jeffree Star Cosmetics on Beauty Bay, but I one hundred percent recommend his products – which are both vegan friendly and cruelty free. I really hope to be expanding my collection this year and truly can’t wait to purchase more amazing products!

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Misslyn Cosmetics.

One of the great things about Makeup is that it’s constantly growing and changing, with many new Brands being created and discovered every week. Therefore, it was with wonderful surprise, that I opened my post last week and discovered an unexpected Blogger Package! The parcel was from Misslyn Cosmetics, a Brand that was completely new to me and aesthetically, is my absolute dream.

Misslyn Cosmetics was founded in Italy over 30 years ago and is now distributed by Chleo Enterprises. For UK fans like myself, it can be purchased online from the wonderful Beauty Bay.

As soon as I saw the beautiful products I’d been so kindly gifted, I fell in love with them straight away – even before trying anything out! The packaging has a gorgeous retro vibe, reminding me of amazing Brands such as, Benefit Cosmetics and The Balm Cosmetics.

Misslyn aim to release a new Collection every six weeks – which is already incredibly impressive if you ask me! Plus, as I mentioned before, I was kindly gifted the perfect summertime makeup; their new Festival Vibes Collection. These products are simply a must for the Summer Season, when practically every week there is a different Festival happening. However, fear not, if you  love the Festival look but aren’t going to any then don’t worry – you can still fit this Collection into your weekend look or if you’re like me – every day!

The Festival Vibes Collection features the following items, Lip Candy Palette: Red Kiss Edition, Eye Love It Eyeshadow Palette: Eye Got It From My Mama, Nail Polish No. 139: Just Be Free, Nail Polish 394A: Endless Road and Jewellery Body Tattoos No.6: Mystery Land.

What’s wonderful about all of the makeup is it’s perfect for carrying around in your bag all day, they’re petite and easy to store!

If I had to choose a favourite product from the Collection it would have to be the Lip Candy Palette: Red Kiss Edition. There are two lip palettes available, a Red Kiss as shown and a Pink Kiss, so if you’re not a rouge lover like myself, there’s always another option! The palette comes with six different shades, which saves you carrying around a million lipsticks and prevents you losing any too – huge bonus! The colours are as follows: Popcorn Lovers, Candy Cane, Cherry Glaze, My Sugar, Honey Pie and Soda Pop; definitely a theme of all things sweet, which I love. I don’t know about you, but a good product name is a big plus for me and this palette without doubt passes that test! Furthermore, only three of the shades are hugely red, the other three have a brown and nude tone, so there’s even more options to mix and match with. Last but not least, the palette comes with a mirror and a lip brush, two very important things to have when applying lipstick and especially when you’re at a Festival.

Lately within the world of makeup, it seems that everyone is loving eyeshadow palette, myself included, although a lot of them are very big and not easy to travel with. However, the Eye Love It Eye Shadow Palette is the perfect product for on the go, not only is it a great size, it also features six different shades! As with the Lip Palettes, there are also two different ones available, Eye Got It  From My Mama and Eye Got My Eyes On You. Both products feature matte and shimmer colours, which are perfect both separately and together, giving you plenty of options. The eyeshadow names are: Daddy’s Girl, Daddy’s Darling, Daddy’s Credit Card, Mama’s Advise, Mama’s Favorite and Mama’s Genes. How adorable!? Within the compact there are three bold shades and three neutral shades, I usually wear a lighter shadow shade to contrast with my bold eyeliner, so I will definitely be using those frequently! I’m also excited to experiment with the bolder shades and branch out of my comfort zone.

If you’re like me and don’t have any art on you, then the Jewellery Body Tattoos are perfect for trying something new! They are all temporary, so you can pick and choose which ever is suitable for you at a certain time and know that it will last for five days. Two products are available in the Festival Collection; No.5 Indian Spirit and No.6 Mystery Land. If you’re after a bold, colourful look then I’d definitely go for No.5 Indian Spirit and if you want a more subtle look then I’d choose No.6 Mystery Land. My personal preference would be the former, however, both feature metallic gold and silver luster that reflect light, which is such a cool idea! Plus, they’re quick to apply and pain free – what could be better?

The last products I was kindly gifted from the Festival Vibes Collection are two Nail Polishes; Just Be Free and Endless Road. There are two other shades available from this specific range, but if they aren’t to your liking then there’s sixty other polishes to choose from – so plenty of choice! Just Be Free is a beautiful coral summer shimmery nude, definitely the perfect shade for this season and the daytime. Endless Road is a nude shimmery shade which contrasts wonderfully with Just Be Free and would be just right for the night. Both have a ultra glossy finish and dry in just sixty seconds! Furthermore, the polishes features a special widespread applicator brush which is meant to adapt to the shape of your nails, meaning it can be applied in one swipe. I can’t wait to test this out!

For today’s look I chose to wear the shades, Candy Cane as a base coat and Cherry Glaze over the top. Both colours glide on perfectly and are very pigmented with a matte but glossy finish. Plus, did I mention they smell absolutely gorgeous too?! For my eyes I wanted to create a subtle summer glow, that would contrast with my winged eyeliner. So I used the shade, Mama’s Genes for the overall base coat, Daddy’s Credit Card for my eyelid and Mama’s Favorite for above. Each shade is pigmented but buildable and is nice and simple to apply. Ultimately, I can’t wait to try out all of the shades and create more looks!

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Lastly, a huge thank you to Michael from Chelo Enterprises for gifting me these amazing products!

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BARRY M Satin Super Slick Lip Paint in Red My Lips 176.

We all know I love red lipstick, in fact I think if you know me it’s common knowledge that 99% of the time I will be wearing it. Therefore, when I saw Listerine were offering a free lipstick and one of the shades was red – I simply could not miss out on such a bargain!

As I’ve said many times before, I love finding high quality drug store Brands and I can definitely confirm that Barry M is one of them. They’ve been around for as long as I can remember – I always used to buy their Nail Polishes and I love that before a lot of other Brands followed the trend, they have always produced a huge variety of unique shades and dared to break the makeup boundaries.

Out of the three shades available – which are all products from BARRY M’s current Collection and retail from just £4.99, I picked Red My Lips. If you’re not a red kinda girl like myself, then there are ten other Satin Super Slick Lip Paints and two of them are offered by Listerine – Peachy Keen and Berry-licious, which are perfect for the Summer!

Red My Lips is a beautiful blue toned 1950s red, my favourite of course and is produced with a satin shiny finish. However, if you’re a matte lover like me – don’t be discouraged! Although the lipstick is a satin formula, it is incredibly pigmented and long lasting, which can be pretty hard to find from my experience. Furthermore, what’s great about this product is that it doesn’t feel sticky on your lips, which is a huge bonus as I often find a lot of glossy products do and that can be very uncomfortable. This beauty is also infused with Shea Butter and Vitamin E, so leaves your lips feeling moisturized and definitely not dry!

The packaging for BARRY M’s Super Satin Slick Lip Paint’s is a gorgeous silver chrome, which contrasts beautifully with the vibrant red shade. The product itself has a gorgeous BM Logo imprinted on the lipstick and I especially love the italic handwriting, it’s so classy and chic.

I’ve noticed that BARRY M have vastly expanded their lipstick range and have a huge variety of different products available, which is brilliant! I’m definitely looking forward to trying more products as I’m intrigued to see if the rest of their beauty buys are as good as their Satin Lipsticks!

Ultimately, I absolutely love this lipstick and I definitely hope to add more BARRY M products to my makeup collection!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Tulip.

It’s pretty surreal to me that after dreaming of owning an Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick for years now, I can finally say that the day has arrived! As far as I’m aware Anastasia was one of the first, if not the first to create the beauty phenomena that is, the liquid lipstick.

A few months ago this beautiful Brand finally launched a UK Website and it’s safe to say that pretty much daily I was checking to see if their iconic liquid lipsticks were in stock. For some bizarre reason hardly anything was available online, it simply said, “coming soon to the UK” and I had almost given up on them ever being stocked. However, at last, the long awaited email notification arrived! I must point out, Anastasia has been available on Beauty Retailers such as Cult Beauty for quite a while, yet the liquid lipstick have never been on there to buy.

However, as soon as I read the email, I was straight on to their website and browsing through the 36 shades available, including the recently launched shades! As we all know, my signature shade is of course, a blue toned 1950s red and I had decided that this was what I was going to go for. The great thing about Anastasia is there is such a wide variety of colours available to suit everyone’s tastes and preferences, from popular nudes to unique lilacs and teal – they have it all!

Eventually, I had narrowed my choices down to either American Doll, described as a, “classic retro red” – basically my dream shade, right? Or Tulip, one of the new colours released which is a, “beet red.” Surprisingly, I decided to choose the latest lipstick released and went with my second choice, Tulip! I thought this red tone looked slightly more unique to my many other reds and ultimately, I definitely think I made the right decision. I’m happy to confirm that the lipstick looks exactly as photographed on the website and it is simply stunning.

At £20, these liquid lipsticks are in the mid to high price range, so sadly I won’t be able to buy one each week, but I know I’m fortunate to have one and yes, it will be cherished. However, as perfect as the product may be, I did have a slight annoyance with the delivery fee. Free shipping is available if you spend over £25 and as the lipstick is £20, chances are if you’re just buying one thing you will have to pay shipping. Of course, I completely understand that not all Brands offer this and that is fine, but having to pay £6.95 for standard shipping, stating 7 – 10 days for delivery is in my opinion, totally unacceptable. There is also an option to pay £10.95 to receive your items in 2 -3 business days.

I really wasn’t happy about paying for such an expensive delivery, so I decided to find the cheapest product available and purchase a pencil sharpener which was £6.00, so I would qualify for free shipping. When I can afford to purchase from Anastasia’s website again, I think I will actually buy two liquid lipsticks instead of one, that way I qualify for free shipping and basically get one of my products for £15. On a positive, my purchase arrived earlier than the date I was give and I was informed by one of my friends that even though I bought from their UK Website, all stock is shipped from the US – hence the high delivery fee.

Ultimately, it was definitely worth spending my money on this beautiful lipstick, the formula is without doubt one of the best liquid lipsticks I’ve used. It dries down matte within seconds, and I actually can’t feel any product on my lips – amazing! However, I do wish they lasted a bit longer, especially on the inside of my lips, although the rest of the lipstick does stay pretty well. There is no scent on the lipstick, which is completely fine with me, although I do usually enjoy the scents, I know not everyone does. The product is a great size and I’m pretty sure this will last me a long time, although it is my current favourite to wear so, I can’t promise anything! I really love the packaging, it is so simple but very elegant and definitely oozes class. One of the best things about Anastasia’s liquid lipsticks is believe it or not – the applicator! I’ve never actually seen one like this before, it’s an oval shape but very flat with a sponge texture, perfect for creating an iconic bold lip.

Overall, shipping aside, I adore this Brand and it definitely lives up to the popularity and hype it receives in the beauty world. The frugal woman inside of me wishes it was slightly cheaper but I can’t really complain when the product is such high quality. I hope to be able to purchase more liquid lipsticks in the future and eventually try out the iconic glow kits!

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ARTDECO Cosmetics.

I’ve said it before and I’m pretty sure I will continue to say it, I absolutely love discovering and trying new Makeup Brands. Therefore, I was thrilled to find and email in my inbox from, ARTDECO Cosmetics, offering to send me some products from their new Bronzing Collection for Summer to review! Needless to say, I very enthusiastically accepted and was overjoyed when my package arrived.

Inside the box was the following beauty products, Sun Blusher, Golden Bronze Oil Drops and Hello Sunshine Colour Lip Shine in 10 – Shiny Apricot. These items are all from the, Hello Sunshine Collection, so if there’s anytime or Season to be wearing them – it’s now! 

When I first saw the Sun Blusher I couldn’t believe how simply stunning the packaging was, I mean with the Brand being called ARTDECO, it’s safe to say I had pretty high hopes – but I was absolutely blown away! This is without doubt the prettiest blusher I own and when opened it definitely does not disappoint. In fact, straight away it reminded me of Benefit’s new GALifornia Blush, but double the size! As someone who 99% of the time wears pink blushers, I’ll admit, I was slightly apprehensive about how this beauty would look on me, but I was pleasantly surprised! When applied, the product gave me a lovely warm glow and was very pigmented, but thankfully not too overpowering for my fair skin.

Ultimately, I feel the Sun Blusher can be worn in a variety of ways, it’s all about what look you want to create and the three shades in the compact can create a lot of variety. Sadly, I can’t find this product on ARTDECO Supplier, Beauty Bay, but there are multiple Blushes to choose from, so don’t be disappointed! Prices for this product range from £9 to £29.50, so are definitely in the mid to higher end budget but, the packaging and more importantly, quality is great.

My next beauty product from ARTDECO was the Gold Bronze Oil Beauty Drops and as a highlighter lover, I was extremely excited to try this. Once again, being a very pale girl I was a bit apprehensive about the shade working with my skin, however, this amazing Brand proved me wrong, again! The product creates a beautiful shimmer glow and even has fine glitter particles infused into the product, which gleam in the sunshine. Furthermore, although I’ve not tried this yet, the Oil Drops can even be applied to the ends of your hair to create golden accents – how cool is that?! This product doesn’t feel sticky or greasy on the skin and dries very quickly, it’s very buildable, so if you want a subtle glow then that is achievable and if you want to be a glowing goddess, that’s easily done also! Plus, the product smells like coconut, what could be better?! Sadly, I can’t find the drops on Beauty Bay either, but I’m sure they  will be available at some point!

The final gifted product I received was the Hello Sunshine Colour Lip Shine in 10 – Shiny Apricot, a peachy, warm, nude colour. Although I’m incredibly grateful for ARTDECO gifting me these beautiful items, as most of you know, this shade is not usually one I would choose for myself. Personally, I much prefer a bolder lip and don’t really follow the nude lipstick hype, which I can only assume was definitely inspired by The Kardashians. As beautiful as these shades look on Kim, Khloé and Kourtney, they really aren’t my cup of tea, I just feel they wash me out. However, I must say, after using the lipstick a few times, it has started to grow on me! The product is very pigmented but the finish is just too glossy for my liking.

However, lipstick finish aside, I can’t fault the product, it is very creamy and worthy of the name, Lip Shine, the shade just isn’t for me personally. At £16.95 on Beauty Bay, I do feel that the product is slightly overpriced, as it definitely doesn’t last all day, but the formula is a creamy gloss texture, which is most probably why. Therefore, if you’re after a glossy, everyday lip then this is definitely for you, just make sure you keep it in your handbag.

Overall, I am extremely impressed with ARTDECO Cosmetics and I’m very honoured that I had pleasure of being contacted by them in the first place, with a special thank you to Emma for doing so! They have so many amazing and beautiful products and I hope to one day expand my ARTDECO Collection! 

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MAC Betty Boop Red Lipstick.

Most of you who read my little old blog will probably know by now that I’ve been a hardcore Vintage Lover since I discovered my angel Marilyn in October 2010. Therefore, it’s by no surprise that I have a lot of love for a certain 1920s Bombshell named, Betty Boop!

As cliché as it may sound, I like to think it’s almost destiny that I was to become a Vintage Girl at heart, as for as long as I can remember, I’ve always adored Betty Boop. This stems from my mum having a soft spot for her and owning little ornaments of Betty that are placed around our house. Thinking about it, one of my nicest memories from Secondary School was my mum buying me an absolutely gorgeous pink pen with Betty all over it – although it ran out over ten years ago, I have no doubt that it’s probably lounging somewhere in my room.

However, I seem to have gotten way off track and I most definitely do not want to spend this post focusing on School – I’m sure you don’t want me to either! So, back to my favourite Flapper Girl! Betty is without doubt one of the most famous cartoons and I think we can all agree when I say, she most definitely gives real life Bombshells a run for their money! I know, it’s hard to believe that in reality, many will tell you that she’s just a drawing – however, we all know by now I’m very much a Dreamer and I like to think Betty, almost a century later, is still booping around somewhere. In fact, Betty Enthusiasts will probably know that she was originally created as a caricature of Actress Helen Kane so technically, technically she is in fact – real!

Once again, I’m getting way too involved in the past and not concentrating on the actual focus of this Review Post, MAC’s very own Betty Boop Lipstick!  Please note – this lipstick is an online exclusive only and after being released in the USA for at least a month, it finally arrived in the UK and of course, I purchased it straight away.

Apart from my absolute favourite, Marilyn, Betty Boop is probably one of the most famous Red Lipstick Lovers and her trademark pout is simply a must in creating her signature look. I mean, when have you ever seen Betty without her crimson lips? Seriously, if you have – please prove me wrong!

Therefore, when you’re a vintage girl, love red lipstick and MAC creates a shade based on Betty’s iconic pout, you know that you simply have to add this product to your makeup inventory. Betty Boop Red is described as a, “bright true red” with a matte finish and let me tell you this – it does not disappoint!

If you’re a blue toned red lover then this is the shade for you, it’s perfect for pale skin, with the cool shade complimenting fair complexions. However, if you have warm or darker skin tones then fear not, I’ve personally never been one to follow lipstick shade advice and often wear orange and coral reds that aren’t recommended for fair skin tones. So ultimately – don’t be put off and if you like the shade, wear it!

I actually find this matte finish slightly different to my other MAC Lipsticks, not in a bad way, I just felt that this one was a lot more shiny. As a result of this I noticed I had to take more time for application if I wanted an overall good outcome and of course, I did. Therefore, if you want a super matte dry finish look I’d recommend going with MAC’s Russian Red.

The only super negative of the product is, ironically nothing to do with the actual lipstick itself, which ultimately I know is a good thing. The negative is down to the packaging and before I complain, I must say, the outer box the lipstick comes in is absolutely beautiful. Of course, we all know I won’t be throwing it away anytime soon. However, the container itself looks just like any other MAC Lipstick! This is so disappointing and pretty strange as with previous collaborations, MAC always have Limited Edition products designed with special packaging and for some reason, apart from the exterior box – is completely normal.

Overall, I wouldn’t let this put you off from purchasing the lipstick, it truly is a beautiful colour and the texture and formula is spot on. Plus, like I said before, it does come in a stunning box which is most definitely worth keeping. I just think it’s important for me to mention encase you want the lipstick and are expecting a beautiful lipstick container that sadly, doesn’t exist.

MAC still create some of my favourite Lipsticks and I have quite a few of their previous Collaborations. I just hope if they ever release another Betty Boop lipstick – they learn from this small but very frustrating mistake.

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MAC Ruby Woo Shadescents Lipstick.

For red lipstick lovers, Ruby Woo is without doubt known as the ultimate crimson shade to wear. It has been one of MAC’s best selling products for years and has celebrities like Dita Von Teese name it as one of her favourite colours to wear. As shocking as it sounds, I’ve never actually owned my own Ruby Woo, that is until now!

I knew that it was finally time I bought Ruby Woo when I saw that they were releasing a new Collection Called MAC Shadescents. Six of their most popular colours have been specially repackaged to shade-match each lipstick – with a unique perfume available too.

I absolutely adore the special packaging and design, it is just beautiful and MAC have truly outdone themselves. I know a lot of people like the simple, sleek original design of their lipsticks but I much prefer this, it’s so mesmerizing! I’m actually tempted to buy the other shades in the Shadescents Collection just to have more of these beautiful products, however I like to think that even I’m not that frivolous!

I really hate to say this, but one big downfall of the Shadescent Ruby Woo is that the finish is different to the original lipstick! I bought this thinking I’d be getting the iconic matte texture, but for some reason this special edition is a retro matte instead. As much as I’d love to embrace the retro format, being a huge vintage lover myself, I much prefer matte. I find the retro matte finish to be a lot harsher to apply and feel and look pretty drying. My friend actually has an original Ruby Woo and I swatched both on my hand, the colour slightly varied and hers was a lot more glossy than mine. I am honestly so disappointed that for whatever reason MAC felt the need to change the format for the special edition, why try and fix something when it’s already perfect?

In all fairness, I did contact MAC with my issue and they offered to send me a new one, but I’d have to give my Shadescents back to them, although I’m pretty sure you can’t resell lipstick? I decided against this as I’d rather be able to repurchase it in the store and make sure it’s a matte finish and not a retro matte. I have a lot of MAC lipsticks, I’m guessing around 20, so I’m a huge fan of the Brand, but this is definitely something I was ultimately pretty disappointed with.

To emphasize how much retro matte isn’t for me, I only have one other lipstick with this finish – Relentlessly Red, which ironically I purchased because of the texture! I’ve checked the other shades in the collection and as far as I’m aware they all match the original finishes, it’s just Ruby Woo that was changed for some strange reason.

Ultimately, I’m pretty happy to have this in my collection, simply because it is extra beautiful with the special packaging. Who knows, maybe the retro matte format will grow on me the more I try and get used to it? Ironically enough, after wearing it again for this post today, I did actually quite like the retro matte texture! But I do definitely recommend putting on a good few layers with a lipstick brush first as like I said before, I found it to be quite harsh to apply without. I’ve noticed that I do seem to use a lot more product with a retro matte finish lipstick, compared to the matte textures.

Overall I have not lost faith in MAC, I just like to be as honest and authentic to others as I can be. I wouldn’t want others to buy the Shadescents Ruby Woo for the packaging and get a different format like I did. I love the colour and I’ll just make sure I purchase  the original whenever I can.

All I have to say to MAC is, if it’s not broke – don’t fix it!

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Urban Decay Cream Vice Lipstick in 69.

Urban Decay is without doubt one of the hottest Makeup Brands right now, with their Naked Eye Shadow Palettes being the most popular products to brush on your eyelids. However, I’ve not been lucky enough to own one of the iconic trio yet but, I have recently purchased my first ever product of theirs – a Vice Lipstick!

Earlier this a year, a huge Urban Decay shop opened up in my city centre and after admiring it through the windows for weeks, I knew that I simply had to make a purchase. If you’re lucky enough to have one near you, then you’ll know how beautiful the store is, it truly is a makeup lovers dream! Plus, it’s worth buying from the shop to receive a gorgeous Urban Decay purple flowered bag – so pretty!

As a lover of all things vintage and 1950s Blonde Bombshells, red is always my number one choice to wear. Therefore, I knew that the first lipstick I bought had to be my signature colour. So, after procrastinating and swatching what looked like a million different shades, I finally settled on,69” – yes, that is the genuine name.

I should point out that this isn’t the only rude name on the products, so if you’re offended or bothered by crude language, maybe this isn’t the Brand for you. Language aside, the Urban Decay products are absolutely stunning and incredibly high quality, so I’d try not to let the slightly controversial name put you off.

My Vice Lipstick is a beautiful cream finish, which when applied creates an almost three sentimental appearance and looks like a mixture of matte and gloss. The colour is a stunning ruby red and I can honestly say that this is the longest lasting lipstick I’ve ever owned! So many Brands out there state that their products last 24 hours and ultimately, that is sadly pretty unlikely. But out of all the lipsticks I’ve used, this is the only one I could believe would actually last that long.

The packaging is bold, classic and simply stunning,  with the shade of lipstick bring displayed on each box. The container is a beautiful silver and gold with Urban Decay being printed on the case and the initials on the lipstick itself! I love when you can recognize a Brand by the products packaging and this is one that is very memorable! At £15.50, this is in the mid range pricing, but in my opinion you definitely get your moneys worth and it’s worth every penny.

I can definitely say that I will be buying more Urban Decay products in the future and as their Vice Lipsticks most definitely have my approval, I cannot wait to try their Vice Liquid Lipsticks! They have such a variety of colours and like the majority of makeup lovers, I am pretty obsessed with the magical liquid to matte formula.

Do you have any Urban Decay products? If so, which are your favourites?!

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MAC So Good For You Nutcracker Sweet Lipstick.

As soon as I saw the Christmas Collection MAC were releasing  entitled Nutcracker Sweet, I knew that I simply had to have one of the lipsticks. Ironically enough my mum loved one of the shades and bought Saucy Little Darling, (I will review this one at some point also) so ultimately, I ended up with two out of the five! Sadly, that lipstick and the other three shades are now no longer available on MAC’s website – however, my favourite out of the five and the one I’m reviewing – So Good For You, is still available! What’s even better is it’s also reduced to just £11.50 compared to the usual £17.50, which is a couple of pounds higher because of it being a limited edition.

So Good For You is described as an, “intense cool red” with a matte finish. The term cool red simply means that the shade is a blue tone which is usually suited to paler skin tones compared to a orange shade which often compliments warmer tones. If you’ve been reading my blog posts for a while then you’ll definitely know how much I love red lipsticks and this one definitely passes the test! It’s so vibrant and bold with an almost cherry red pinkish undertone, simply timeless! I must add, the colour on the website looks significantly different to the actual shade as you will see by my photos and their website picture. It looks so warm, almost an orange neon red online and it most definitely is not that shade.

The packaging is ever so beautiful and of course I will be keeping the box as well – I can’t throw away something that pretty! The pink, purple and gold shades are eye catching, vibrant and compliment each other perfectly. As I’ve said before, this collection is definitely my favourite that MAC have released so far and I honestly don’t know how they can improve on their designing, but I’m sure I’ll eat my words when the next one comes out!


As with all MAC products I have tried, the lipstick is a quality formula and lasts all day, only wearing slightly on the edges of my lips from eating – so I can’t really complain! Also, the matte finish is so creamy and doesn’t dry or feel unpleasant to wear, it stays looking presentable and in place. Even now, as I’m writing this twelve hours later you can still make out the overall shade left on my lips – that’s pretty good going if you ask me!

If you’re a red lipstick lover like myself then I would definitely hurry over to MAC and pick up So Good For You before it’s no longer available! I’m even tempted to buy another one as I hate to think about it running out and no longer having one in my makeup collection. The great thing about the Nutcracker Sweet products is that the shades are simply timeless and can be worn all year around, they’re not just specifically wearable for the Holiday Season!

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