Just Charlie G

It’s been a while since I’ve done this, but I went a little bit mad (by my standards) on the MAC Temperature Rising collection for Summer. There were just some bits I just felt instinctively I needed to have and so, well I caved. I found a lot of the bits I wanted were out of stock everywhere but I managed to find them all on Selfridges.com.

MAC Temperature Rising Collection

The best thing about this splurge is that not one single thing has been a disappointment and I’m really pleased with them all. So as per usual, I’m going to show you each individually, with swatches and then show you how I’ve been wearing them.

Strobe Liquid – Golden Elixir £22.50

Mac Strobe Liquid Golden Elixir

I don’t know why this called my name. I’ve never tried the famous original Strobe Liquid. I’m never bronzed. I have tonnes of highlighters. But I don’t have any like this.

This close up is about the width of a pencil to give it some context…

Mac Strobe Liquid Golden Elixir

The same blob spread out a little…

Mac Strobe Liquid Golden Elixir

And fully blended down my arm…

Mac Strobe Liquid Golden Elixir

So you see, you need very little indeed. On my arm it’s fairly sparkly, on my face, not so much. I absolutely love the close up shops, it’s packed full of a myriad of colours and it’s so pretty. It blends like a dream and leaves no feeling on the skin at all. Tread lightly, you’ll need much less than you think! I’ve been just blending a small amount onto my cheekbones but you can of course mix with your foundation or apply on collarbones, whatever takes your fancy really.

Powerchrome Eye Pencils in Life’s Luxury, Copper Strip, Polished Jet and Rich Glance £16 each

Mac Powerchrome Eye Pencils

Mac Powerchrome Eye Pencils

These are amazing as I think you can see from the swatches! Rich and pigmented with one easy swipe. For the pictures further down I’m using only Polished Jet and Rich Glance as a base for the shadows and the wore all day with no creasing and really helped the colours show, that said, I’m looking forward to trying them alone. They blend out perfectly too. I applied the palest shade on the inner corners of my eyelids and blended towards the middle and the black shade on the outer corner and blended into the middle and up slightly, no issues whatsoever, these are fantastic.

Bare My Soul Eyeshadow Quad £38.50

Mac Bare My Soul Eyeshadow Quad

Mac Bare My Soul Eyeshadow Quad
Nothing lacking in these beautiful shades. The bottom two are my favourite. Romantico is a veluxe pearl medium taupe, Bare My Soul is the warm gold lustre, When in Rio is the dark green duochrome frost and friendly is the deep bronze/brown. Each shade is worthy and really quite beautiful. There’s no fading or patchiness with these and they work superbly well together.

My final purchase was Altered Beige Lustre Lipstick £15.50

Mac Altered Beige Lipstick

Mac Altered Beige Lipstick
This was my only risky purchase as it was either going to be a total fail on me, or a winner, and I really love it. I don’t get on with nudes as a rule, bu this seems to work and I’m not at all sure why, but I think it does!

So all that really remains is to show you a few pictures of me wearing all of the above (except Copper Strip and Life’s Luxury Powerchrome pencils). I felt really great in this lot and it’s possibly the start of a return to MAC madness for me! Passion reignited!

MAC Temperature Rising Collection

MAC Temperature Rising Collection

MAC Temperature Rising Collection

MAC Temperature Rising Collection

MAC Temperature Rising Collection

MAC Temperature Rising Collection
So what do you think? Will you pick anything up…Debenhams have 10% reductions on all the items they have left, but Selfridges have the most stock, so if you do want anything, you’d best hurry up!

I received the information for the newest Mac collection yesterday and I wanted to share with you because I think the imagery is really rather stunning!

Mac Year of the Snake Collection Launch

Mac Year of the Snake Collection Launch
It’s a small collection but beautiful colours.

There are Four Large Eye Shadows RRP £16

Aztec Brick

Carbon

Altered State

Metallic Vanilla

There are two Pigments. RRP £18

Push The Edge

Brash & Bold

 

 Three Lipsticks, each beautifully carved. £15.50

Cockney

Freckletone

Plumful

Mac Year of the Snake Collection Launch

Shell Pearl Beauty Powder £22.00

And then there’s a Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Engraved which is black £14

And finally the Zoom Lash Mascara in Rich Black £14

 

The design of these is beautiful, but the imagery is just absolutely stunning!

Available now from Mac Cosmetics.

When I received the press release for the Carine Roitfeld and Mac collaboration last year I blogged excitedly about it. Everything about it appealed to me. At the time I had no money so couldn’t purchase anything and then the moment passed and I forgot about it.

Then I remembered it and the hunt was on to get the bits I wanted. Tropical Mist lipstick was a no goer, I did find it on the Selfridges website but I wasn’t prepared to pay the £4.95 shipping for one lipstick, a sheer nude lipstick at that, so I had to let my wishes for the lippie go. The Desert Camoflage Face Palette was still in stock on the Mac website last time I checked, but a friend very kindly gave me hers. In the absence of the Tropical Mist liptick, I’ve teamed the palette with Mac’s Yash Lipstick which is a neutral peach nude, rather than a sheer sheen.

Carine Roitfeld for Mac Desert Camoflage and Yash Lipstick

Mac Yash Lipstick

Carine Roitfeld for Mac Desert Camoflage
The palette contains a Cremeblend Blusher in Sand Storm and four shadows, Sahara Dust (light creamy ivory shimmer finish), Cactus Thorn (bright golden bronze shimmer finish), Desert (cool toned taupe shimmer finish), Carbon (matte true black). All you need to create this seasons brown smokey eye look.

Swatches of the Full face palette wish Yash lipstick at the bottom:

Carine Roitfeld for Mac swatches

Couldn’t be more delighted with the face palette, I’m able to create just the look I was hoping to create, the blackened eye and more muted face. I just added kohl and black mascara.

Take a look:

Carine Roitfeld for Mac Desert Camoflage

Carine Roitfeld for Mac Desert Camoflage

Carine Roitfeld for Mac Desert Camoflage

Carine Roitfeld for Mac Desert Camoflage

Mac Yash Lipstick
I’ve just checked and both Desert Camouflage and Jungle Camouflage are both still available on the Mac Website. Well worth a look I think.

Oh I forgot to mention the cute little star stencils, I’ve not used them yet but they are so cute!

Carine Roitfeld for Mac

Mac Office Hours Collection

This is the picture that stole my heart. I want every single thing she has on her face. Of course I wouldn’t look like that but still I still want it all.

It’s been quite a while since a Mac collection has really piqued my interest, although its fair to say I still enjoy seeing whats coming up, this is the first where I have a wish list.

Mac Office Hours Collection

The idea of the collection is Longwear. Pro Longwear Blush, Pro Longwear Eyeshadows and Pro Longwear Lipglasses. Cosmetics to last the whole day.

It’s not the longwear aspect that has me enchanted though, it’s the pink. I’m told pinks on the eyes are hard to wear, but I’ve long been a fan. I don’t think I walk around looking like I’ve not slept for a year, I think pink shadows generally speaking, do suit me. And so that’s what really appeals to me about this lot, although it’s certainly not all pink.

Pro Longwear Lipglass £17

Mac Office Hours Collection

 

Everlasting Nude – Mid tone warm nude (cream)*
Patience Please –  Light pink-blue (cream)
Long Love Love – Light cool pink (cream)
Next Fad – mid-tone cool pink (frost)
Persistent Peach – Light warm peach (cream)
Boundlessly Beige – Light warm beige with pearl (frost)
Driven By Love – Red-blue with slight pearl (frost)
Forever Rose –  Mid – tone neutral rose (cream)

Pro Longwear Eye Shadow £16.50

Mac Office Hours Collection

 

Every Ivory – Pale Ivory *
Bloom On – Light burnt rose
Always Sunny – Light Yellow Brown
Uninterrupted – Dark camel
Endless Passion – Mid-tone rose*
More Amour – Mid-tone red*
Mauveless – dark dirty mauve
Fashion Fix – Dark cool slate grey
Linger Softly – Light frosted grey blue

Pro Longwear Blush £19

Mac Office Hours Collection

 

Stay By Me – Light peach coral
Baby Don’t Go – Light cool beige
Rosy Outlook – Light yellow pink
Stay Pretty – Light bright blue pink
Blush All Day – Light dirty rose beige
Whole Lotta Love – Light blue pink
Eternal Sun – Warm Brown
Stubborn – Mid-tone rose plum

The items marked with a * are limited edition. Now I don’t know when these are due out, all I do know at present is that it is September, but it’s not out yet. Usually new Mac collections are the first Thursday of the month I think, but we shall see!

As for my picks, well I want whatever that model is wearing. Since I can’t get to a store as there isn’t one locally, I’ll have to base my purchases on online pictures. I’m guessing Pro Longwear Lipglass in Patience Please, Pro Longwear Blush in either Stay By Me or Rosy Outlook and as for the Pro Longwear eyeshadows… I’d guess Endless Passion, and Bloom On, maybe a touch of More Amour and maybe a touch of Always Sunny…. what do you think? help!

Do any of these take your fancy? I think they all seem a little pricey but I think I’ll end up getting a few bits anyway!

Mac Studio Fix Fluid Review

I’ve had this foundation for months and months and been wanting to write this review for so long… but I just didn’t really know where to start with it so kept putting it off.

Then this morning I grabbed the foundation and put it on and suddenly I knew what I was going to write.

Okay, so lets talk about my first trip to an actual Mac Counter. It was…interesting. I must say the help I received was second to none, one to one attentive assistance, a little bit of an attempt to up sell but without the hard sell… all good. Also, the shade she matched me too, NC15, is perfect. It is in fact the most perfect shade for me ever. Out of all the foundations I’ve ever tried this is the one that disappears into my skin colour wise. Making the trip to the store was worth that little gem alone. The only other thing worthy of mention about the actual counter was the horrific make up of the staff. They were all sporting a very TOWIE look, orange, heavy eyes, not well blended, way too many lashes…I even spotted a tide mark… good job the girl who served me was helpful and knowledgeable because otherwise I might have been put off…shame because from memory, they were all really attractive girls too!

The foundation itself I’ve got to admit I’ve really struggled with. It’s a very popular oil free, matte foundation with a medium -buildable coverage and SPF15… it claims to have soft-focus powders to minimise the appearance of imperfections but I was finding it did the opposite and made me look drier than ever… that is until recently.

I normally apply my foundation with a flat top brush but for this it just wasn’t working. The more I buffed, the less perfect the finish became…until today I switched and tried, on the spur of the moment, my Japonesque foundation brush. Flawless. Today I dusted lightly with Mac Natural Mineralize Skin Finish powder but it’s not necessary with this foundation. I’ve been thinking about blog sale-ing this for ages but now think I’ll be hanging on to it because it was starting to look like an expensive mistake, £19.50’s worth of mistake but now I’m totally sold. You just need to find the application method that works for you.

Ah Mac. It’s been a while. As soon as I saw your beautiful colours and packaging and was tempted, and then I started seeing swatches and all was lost.

And then when I placed my order I had that feeling of nostalgia which was really quite nice, and then waiting for the order to come, which was really quite exciting, and then the delivery of the black box of joy as I always used to refer to my Mac deliveries, and the…oh sod it, I can’t keep up this bizarre style of posting.
(EDIT – something has happened to some of the pictures when I’ve posted this post, it’s not supposed to look like that :()

Here they are, my purchases. Beautiful packaging.

Mac Shop Mac Cook

The brightly coloured packaging is just sleeves though and when removed, inside you’ll find the classic Mac packaging.

Mac Shop Mac Cook

Included with my order were these.

Mac Shop Mac Cook

I don’t know what to do with them but I love them and I point blank refuse to give them to my children. I just like looking at them. haha!

Tendertones.

Mac Shop Mac Cook Tendertones

I picked up three of these. Lip balms with SPF of 12. I am so glad I got these. I’ve heard so much about them, and worth every bit of hype I’ve ever heard. The texture is beautiful as is the fruity scent. I have to say that if scented products aren’t your thing then you won’t like these because they are very scented, I love them. The texture is beautiful. Moisturising but it stays on and continues to moisturise for a long time after application. I find that many balms disappear very quickly needing constant reapplication. I do reapply these frequently but its because I love them, not because I need to.

Here’s a closer look at them.

Hot ‘n’ Saucy

Mac Hot n Saucy Tendertone
Mac Hot n Saucy Tendertone

Hush, Hush

Mac Hush, Hush Tendertone
Mac Hush, Hush Tendertone

Tread Gently.

Mac Tread Gently Tendertone
Mac Tread Gently Tendertone
Mac Tread Gently Tendertone

Finally, because the lip swatches aren’t amazing, here they are on my hand. They are sheer colour but subtley different.

Mac Tendertones

Next up the Cremeblend Blush in Restores Dazzle. I adore the Cremeblend blushes, this is my third and the others are very well used. This was a bit of a risk as all online pictures looked different. Varying from quite pinky purple, to deep burgundy. So here are my pictures. Make of them what you will, it’s very difficult to accurately photograph! That said the swatches are very accurate I think.

Mac Cremeblend Blush in Restores Dazzle
Mac Cremeblend Blush in Restores Dazzle
Mac Cremeblend Blush in Restores Dazzle

And on my cheeks, its just what I hoped it would be. A fresh pop of colour.

Mac Cremeblend Blush in Restores Dazzle

And finally I picked up two lipsticks. Dish it Up and Watch Me Simmer.

Mac Dish it Up and Watch Me Simmer

Hand swatches, Dish it up on the Left, Watch me Simmer on the Right.

Mac Dish it Up and Watch Me Simmer

And on the lips. Dish it Up.

Mac Dish it Up

Watch Me Simmer

Mac Watch Me Simmer Lipstick

I really like both of the colours but feel they are very summery so I felt a bit self conscious in them this week! They are both very vivid. Lovely coverage though!

EDIT: I have LIVED in Dish it Up since I originally wrote this post. It’s like it was just made for me, my teeth look whiter, it’s bright and colourful without being neon pink which I’m never sure suits me and I always feel self conscious in. Dish It Up FTW!

So thats it. Really like this collection, I could happily have got more but I don’t have unlimited funds so thats that.

Anything take your fancy, or have you bought anything from these collections, or any of the other 7 (!) collections launched at the same time?

Mac Magically Cool Liquid Powder in Truth & Light

I’ve wanted this since the Villainous Villains collection came out, dithered too long and it went away and then I was really pleased to see it introduced as a permanent product. But I still didn’t buy it. Not only did it seem expensive at £23.50 for 28g, but not living near a Mac counter, it just wasn’t something I wanted to buy without having tried it out, and I couldn’t quite work out what exactly it was. A highlighter or an all over face powder? Well more on that shortly.

When this cropped up in a blog sale, I grabbed it quick!
Mac Magically Cool Liquid Powder in Truth & Light

If you enlarge the picture above, you should be able to see that it is full of sparkle. It also isn’t a fine powder, it looks like lots of tiny little balls. I dipped my finger in the pot and this shows what I mean by the little balls?

Mac Magically Cool Liquid Powder in Truth & Light

Why is it like this? Well this is the magic of this product really. It is kind of wet! When you apply it to your skin, it feels wet and cool. Hence the name, Magically Cool Liquid Powder. It’s magic, cool, feels like a liquid but acts and looks like a powder. It’s most odd. That’s not the only oddness though. Take a look at these swatches:

Mac Magically Cool Liquid Powder in Truth & Light
Mac Magically Cool Liquid Powder in Truth & Light

Looks pretty and looks pretty shiny and certainly in those swatches you’d think it was a highlight product. But what the hell, I just shoved it all over my face (over foundation) to see and you know what, it’s nothing like as shiny on your face as it is in the swatch. I don’t understand why, but it isn’t. It feels lovely on your skin and it does add a soft glow but it’s not shimmertasticdiscoballface. Honestly! It’s not!

You’ll probably look at the following pictures and totally disagree, but I really like it 🙂 The first picture is in direct sunlight…. I don’t think I look like I’m out of Twilight. The second two are in a darker room, but I think you can see its quite natural, all my freckles show through and I love it (please enlarge the pictures!).

Mac Magically Cool Liquid Powder in Truth & Light
Mac Magically Cool Liquid Powder in Truth & Light
Mac Magically Cool Liquid Powder in Truth & Light

So there we have it. Granted, it’s not a finish I’ll reach for everyday, but I do love it, it’s gimmicky but magical. The most aptly named product I’ve tried for a while.

I haven’t bought any Mac in ages! This collection really appealled to me though it had to be said. Alas, money is tight so I could only pic up two bits. It was really hard choosing because I wanted at least three of the eyeshadows but it wasn’t to be sadly.

Mac Semi Precious

I ended up choosing the MSF in Rose Quartz, that outside colour was really calling my name, and the eyeshadow Hint of Sapphire. I know Temptalia didn’t like it, but it looked by far the prettiest to my eyes so I got it anyway (although I wanted the red and gold as well and was tempted by both the greens).

So I waited for the delivery wondering whether I’d made a huge mistake but I’m not disappointed one little bit. In this case my instincts were right and I don’t really understand why other bloggers haven’t got on with it! Let me show you.

Mac Semi Precious
Mac Semi Precious
Mac Semi Precious
 I know the swatches are underwhelming really. I included the blurry one so you could see the speckles of different coloured shimmer.
But on my eyes I love it. I applied dry over a base of Urban Decay Primer Potion.
Mac Semi Precious
Mac Semi Precious
 Do you see that sheen of green in the centre of the lid? Swoon!  Obviously it depends where on the shadow you pick up the colour, but I aimed for the green marbling. Gorgeous. I won’t go on about it, you either love it or you don’t but I really do.
And just to show you, this is 12 hours later…
Mac Semi Precious
 It wore pretty well.
And then the Rose Quartz MSF. Very pretty!
Mac Semi Precious

Below the swatches are the outside ring, the centre and blended together.

Mac Semi Precious
Mac Semi Precious
 Gorgeous, the center is a bit chunky but the outside is so soft and smooth I don’t care.
Really plaesed with my mini haul and if I happen to come into any more money I may go back for one or two little bits.
I’ve not like the look of any recent Mac collections but I love this one completely. Welcome back Mac! I’ve missed you!

I’ve been looking forward to this collection for ages. Reviews seemed unanimously favourable for the products, particularly for the eyeshadows, swatches looked fab and the colour range looked great. My big problem was editing my list. I wanted about eight of the Mega Metal Eye Shadows and two of the Kissable Lip Colours. I couldn’t have all that though so I had to do some serious list editing. Finally settling on five shadows and one lip colour. I dropped my top choice of lip colour, the one I wanted most of all, because I felt it was most similar to colours I already had. With hindsight that wasn’t a great decision but there you go!

Mac Peacocky

Top Row: Ego, Dalliance
Middle: Flaunting It
Bottom Row: Unflappable, Noir Plum & Prance

I realise the two pale shades are washed out so here they are:

Mac Peacocky

Prance is a pinky pale frost and although my picture doesn’t show it, Dalliance is a green hued gold.

Swatches!

Mac Peacocky
 Ego, Dalliance, Unflappable, Noir Plum, Prance and Flaunting it.
The Purples:
Mac Peacocky
The greens/golds:
Mac Peacocky
I did however pop Daliance and Ego straight on since I wasn’t wearing eyeshadow when they arrived, these were quickly dabbed on with my fingers, no brushes, no primer. Until now I didn’t own a single green shadow, thinking it didn’t suit me. I’m still not sure, what do you think? Excuse the awful flaking mascara, review on that coming soon! I must add that I did get some creasing with these after about five hours, it wasn’t bad and I would think a primer will sort that!
Mac Peacocky
Mac PeacockyMac Peacocky
Then today I got up and tried out all the purples. so lots of pictures here now. On the eyes is Unflappable, Noir Plum and Prance and lips is Flaunting It. Oh and Chanel Inimitable Intense in Puple.

Mac Peacocky
Mac Peacocky
Mac Peacocky
 When I saw my swatch of Flaunting It it looked so dark but its not on the lips. Sorry for all the following pictures, I realise theindoor ones washed me out but they display the eyeshadow much better (click to enlarge).
Mac PeacockyMac PeacockyMac Peacocky
So there we have it, I am impressed with the shadows, they are so smooth and soft with a beautiful selection of colours.
I do wish I could have bought more, I really like the look of Odalisque and Sexpectations shadows and Exxxhibitionist Lipcolour. Ah well, maybe one day!

It’s a little known fact that whilst I love all make up it’s actually cheek products that really float my boat. I have rather a huge collection of cheek products. In this post I’m solely just showing my Mac blushers and Mineralize Skin Finishes. I have many more brands (Nars, Lancome, Benefit and more) so perhaps I’ll do another post on those at a later date.

First up the blushers, there are two virtually identical pics. The first is with the flash and therefore washed out, the second is out of focus but accurate colour wise. One day I hope to master the art of being in focus and an accurate colour representation 😉

Mac Blushers
Mac Blushers

Top Row L-R : Bite of an Apple, Happy Together, My Highland Honey, So Sweet So Easy (Cremeblend)
Bottom Row L-R: Sun & Moon, Rhapsody in Two, Conjure Up and Joie-de-Vivre (Cremeblend)

My love for Mac products is not what it was, there are still things I adore, the lipsticks for one, but what I think they do best of all is blushers. You see I don’t only wear one type of colour, I love to wear loads of colours on my cheeks (not all at once you understand) and all of these get used regularly. Particular faves are Happy Together and Joie-De-Vivre when I want a creme finish, especially when my hair is very dark, I just love the Snow-White look 😉

With apologies for the shoddy photograph, here are swatches (in the order shown above):

Mac Blushers

The other Mac products I have that I use on my cheeks are the Mineralize Skin Finishes, or MSF’s as they are generally known and I only have four of these.

Mac Mineralize Skin Finishes

Top Row: Stereo Rose, Petticoat. Bottom Row: By Candlelight and Soft & Gentle

Mac Mineralize Skin Finishes

L-R: Soft & Gentle, By Candlelight, Stereo Rose and Petticoat

Swatches in the same order as the second pic:

Mac Mineralize Skin Finishes

I love these so much. I suppose really, Soft & Gentle and By Candlelight are similar but By Candlelight is warmer and less glittery than Soft & Gentle. I only use Soft & Gentle as a highlight really whereas I occasionally use By Candlelight on its own as a wash of blush. Stereo Roase and Petticoat are lovely, my favourite is Petticoat which I completely adore, I often get compliments when wearing. Stereo Rose is pretty, but I’m not in love with it. I don’t reach for it often. Not sure why. Its pretty, it suits me, it’s just a bit…meh?

So thats it! Thats the lot. Seeing as how I seem to love Mac Blushers so much, I’m interested in any recommendations you have? The only shades that don’t seem to work on me at all are frosty pale lilac-y pinks, otherwise pretty much anything goes!