M.A.C Lipstick Collection

M.A.C Lipstick Collection
Velvet Teddy/ Brave/ Viva Glam III/ Whirl/ Twig


I am a self-confessed lipstick junkie and MAC lipsticks are some of my favourites. This is most certainly not the biggest MAC lipstick collection blog post you will ever read, but nor is it the smallest, I imagine. As Christmas is coming swiftly around the corner and I'm sure many of you are busy writing your Christmas wish lists, I thought I would share with you the MAC lipsticks that I own and share my opinions on them with you, so if one catches your eye, you can add it to your list!


M.A.C Lipstick Collection

The first ever MAC lipsticks that I owned were Velvet Teddy and Brave, which I chose after I kindly received a MAC gift card for my 20th birthday. I'd been banging on about those shades to my family for long enough, so I think they were as pleased as I was when I finally got my hands on them. Velvet Teddy is a matte, classic medium-toned nude which I find is great to wear all year round. Out of them both, I surprisingly would say that I prefer Brave. Brave is much less hyped than Velvet Teddy but it's much more wearable in my opinion and just looks so gorgeous on the lips, being a dusty pinky nude. Brave has a satin finish so it feels so weightless and comfortable on the lips. I wore Brave for my 21st birthday night out and I am so happy with my lipstick choice on that night as it looks great on all the pictures and stayed on all night.

M.A.C Lipstick Collection

I treated myself to Whirl on Boxing Day last year (when I braved going shopping at the Trafford Centre) with some of the Christmas money that I was kindly gifted. Whirl is described as a dirty rose with a matte finish, although I would say the finish is a lot more creamy and hydrating that some other matte lipsticks I own. I love wearing Whirl on a night out as it's the perfect statement lip and has great staying power. I've also purchased the Whirl lipliner which goes great with whirl (of course) as well as Velvet Teddy too.

MAC Viva Glam III Recently added to my collection were Twig and Viva Glam III. I received Twig for my 21st birthday back in September and I bought Viva Glam III with a MAC gift card I also kindly received for my 21st. Twig is a must have! I didn't think I would love it as much as I do but as soon as I tried it on I knew it would become my go-to as it's great for everyday wear. I would describe Twig as a dusky pink-mauve shade. Viva Glam III was purchased on a bit of a whim but I felt like my MAC lipstick collection was full of nudes so I wanted to add in a bit of colour to it, especially for this time of year. I chose Viva Glam III as it looked like a perfect bold, berry lip which I love wearing for the Autumn/Winter season, to achieve that 'vampy' look. I haven't worn this lipstick as much as I had hoped to so I need to try and get more wear out of this one, especially during this time of year.

M.A.C Lipstick Collection

Next on my MAC wish list is Mehr. I've wanted this ever since my friend wore it on a night out and it looked incredible on her. The colour looks a beautiful, pinkish mauve which isn't too overpowering, which seems like a great shade to have in my collection.

Do you own any of these MAC lipsticks I've mentioned? What's your favourite MAC lipstick?

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University Update #3



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Hello everyone!

I am now in my third and final year of my Psychology degree!
As my last university update was around February time earlier this year, I just thought I'd also report on how I found second year. I finished second year with a 1st which I am over the moon about as you can imagine, but with that, also comes the pressure to receive the same grade this year, and overall for my degree. I know nobody is putting that pressure on me other than myself, and in fact, a little pressure can draw out the best in me, so that's what I'm going to aim for, a first class degree!

As expected, I can report that third year is stressful! The workload has been incredibly intense this year. I started back towards the end of September and I had a 100 page portfolio worth 75% of one of my modules due for the end of October. Somehow I managed to complete that in time and I am awaiting my grade back anytime soon, but that for me was really difficult as I hadn't done any uni work since last May, so then to come back and straight away have to get started with such a big piece of work was extremely stressful. I've made a good start on my dissertation and received ethical approval to conduct my study, so I'm hoping to be making a start on that soon, ideally before Christmas. I'm conducting research into phishing emails and exploring what factors make people susceptible to becoming victims of such an attack, which I find really interesting. 


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At the start of this new academic year, I felt very down and I felt as though despite having a summer 'off', I was stressed and had a lot on my mind. This is because I spent so much time thinking about what I wanted to do with my degree and whether or not I wanted to do a masters. I spent endless days searching the internet for inspiration and even a solution to my problem. I even booked an appointment at a careers service and went there for some advice. As with most things like this, it does take time but it also requires you to stay calm and that, I am not good at. I felt as though time was running out for me to decide and I felt hopeless and longed to be one of those people who just know what they want to do. You know Suzie in your class at Primary school who wanted to be a Doctor and oh look, is now training to be a Doctor? Yeah, well that was never me. I have always been so indecisive about my future, but ever since doing my degree in Psychology I've known that's what I wanted to do, but without boring you with the details of the endless routes you can go down, the fact that there was such a rigid route to the field, made me feel under-pressure. I can't say for certain what my plans are, but I am hoping to do a masters. That's the plan, but as you've probably noticed by the rambles you've just read, I'm not too certain of anything at the present moment!

In terms of other aspects of University, my role as a Supervisor at the SU shop is going really well. I'm learning so much, not just about management, but also about myself. I've learnt how to deal with some difficult situations and remain calm in those, and learnt how to delegate and assign job roles to staff in an appropriate way. At the end of the day, most of those staff members are my friends, so I found it difficult being told to tell them what to do but I've overcome that and I am really enjoying the position! I honestly feel like come summer, when it's time for everyone to say their goodbyes and time for me to leave that job, I will be a very sad person indeed. I love working there and as soppy as it sounds, for me and my boyfriend, Jack, I think it'll always hold a special place in our hearts as that's where we met!

At the present moment, I think I'm doing alright with juggling a job, blogging and University! I've been making the most of all my spare time and making sure I plan ahead. I'm constantly using the notes app on my phone to jot down post ideas whilst I walk to lectures. 
I feel as though I can definitely put 'good organisation' down on my CV!



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Everyday Makeup For Autumn

Everyday Makeup For Autumn

When Autumn rolls around, I really enjoy experimenting with different products and using different shades of eyeshadows to create a warm, autumnal look. Around this time, I love to incorporate darker tones, golden or cranberry eyes and of course, a berry lip into my makeup looks.

Sleek Face Contour Kit



L'Oreal Blush Sculpt

I try to keep things simple so my everyday makeup looks are fairly straightforward. To start, I use the Pixi Glow Booster in Peach Gold to add radiance to my skin and follow that by using the Benefit Professional primer. I then use the Mayeblline Fit Me foundation alongside the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer to create a natural base. As this foundation is matte, I skip powder and use a dusting of the L'Oreal Blush Sculpt to finish off the base. To warm up the face, I use the Sleek Face Contour kit to which helps to add dimension and sculpt my face to give me those 'Angelia Jolie cheekbones'I finish the base off with the highlight that also comes in the Sleek Face Contour Kit.

Morphe 35F palette

On the eyes, I usually go for a berry or golden lid. For this, I love using the Morphe 35F palette, which I've coined as 'The Ultimate Autumnal Eyeshadow Palette'- see my review hereI pair my eyeshadow with a cat-eye flick and pile on the mascara. For brows, I have recently fallen back in love with the Soap & Glory Brow Archery pencil as this adds precision and creates natural looking eyebrows.



Viva Glam III by M.A.C
To finish it all off, I opt for a bold berry lip such as 'Viva Glam III' by M.A.C, to give me that 'vampy' look. This lipstick has brown and plum tones throughout it which makes it very wearable in the daytime, as well as in the evenings, 

What's your go-to makeup look for Autumn?

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A Remedy For Imperfections

Keromask review

The colder months have arrived and so has the redness on my face. 
I tend to get redness around my cheeks and on my nose and no matter what I try, it always seems to poke its way through my foundation! If you are a regular reader of my posts, you'll know that I struggle a lot with dark under-eye circles and I have tried numerous products to try and counteract them underneath my foundation yet nothing seems to work. I guess being a third year undergraduate student doesn't really help on the 'get more sleep' front either. So when I was contacted to try out some of Keromask's full coverage camouflage range, I knew I had to accept the opportunity.

Keromask is a makeup range which specialises in camouflage makeup to disguise all skin imperfections including: acne scaring, vitiligo, rosacea, scars, stretch marks, dark under-eye circles and even unwanted tattoos. Keromask can be purchased from Chemist.net, which is a really user-friendly website that makes products easy to navigate and locate.




Keromask camouflage cream

The keromask camouflage cream definitely helps to lighten up the eye area and conceal dark under-eye circles. I ordered the shade light no.1 which acts as a brilliant under-eye brightener and matches my pasty skin perfectly (sob sob). This cream is available in 25 shades which is amazing as keromask caters for all skin types and tones which is great to see in a brand. As you can see in the pictures above and below, a small drop of this cream really does go a long way and as the cream is also thick, I would be wary about applying too much as it becomes hard to blend out.

Keromask camouflage cream

I also ordered the Translucent Mineral Rich Loose Finishing Powder which is designed to set the foundation and also prepare the skin for additional products to be applied, such as eye shadows and blushers. The powder comes in four shades: translucent, light, medium and dark, which like the cream, is inclusive of all skin tones. I opted for the translucent powder. They are designed to complement the creams but I also love to use this as a generic all-round translucent powder. I use this powder on top of the cream which creates an airbrushed finish, which you can see in the picture below. There is no doubt that this powder works and works well, but I am not a massive fan of the smell of this product. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it just smells..unique and a little bit werid.

Keromask camouflage cream

I tested these products out on a dark brown mole/birthmark that I have on my leg which I can feel quite self-conscious about sometimes. I found that this cream made the mole appear less intense in colour, yet it didn't actually cover it up and disguise it, as the product claims to do, it just laid on top of the mole. 

I don't have any tattoos to be able to test this on but as I noticed with my mole, the lighter shade of this sort-of highlights the area, which is great for the under eyes, but if you are interested in using this product to cover up any unwanted tattoos, I would suggest going for a slightly darker shade than I have, obviously depending on your skin tone.


Testing these products further, I wanted to try out the products ability to disguise scars, as it claims to do. I tried it on a scar that I have on my hand from an operation that I had as a child and I was very impressed to see that it worked! As I said before, the product is so thick and pigmented that you only need a pea-sized amount, especially as I was only covering up a small area. At first I used too much cream and it clung to the creases on my hand, as you might be able to notice in the picture below. As I rubbed the cream in, it settled into the skin and I couldn't even see the scar which I am so impressed with. 



Overall, I've been very impressed with these products and am loving incorporating them into my makeup routine, as they both certainly do the trick! A massive bonus about both of these products and keromask as a brand, is that keromask is cruelty-free, meaning that it does not test on animals!
*Disclaimer: I was sent these products in exchange for a review but all opinions are my own*

Have you ever tried camouflage makeup before?  
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