MAC Viva Glam 2 review

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Hey Lovelies!

I recently had a bit of a splurge at the MAC store and ended up with a couple of new lipsticks to go with it. My bad. I specifically picked from the Viva Glam range, the colours are beautiful, very unique and are really really pigmented. I did a review on the other Viva Glam lipstick I bought, which you can have a nosey at here. You’ll notice as before, they hardly went all out with the names of the products, which I’m not too excited about, as MAC usually have some pretty awesome names for their lippy’s but hey ho I guess.

Onto the actual product! This shade is such a pretty and interesting nude shade. It’s definitely not like any I’ve ever come across before. As I mentioned previously, this range is almost matte. They are at first glance but at different angles, this cheeky shimmer pops out and gives your lips so much more dimension and body. It’s very clever, must say!
Colours wise, well, there’s hints of nude beige, pale pink and a very very slight hint of metallic lilac, which I believe is what gives the light shimmer to it. The swatches are below…

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As you can see in the shade it’s quite dark, almost a deep nude/pink. Then more towards the light it’s got a light shimmer of lilac/pink-ness. It’s a very interchangeable shade, you can wear it with a lot of different looks, the pinks and nudes make it very adaptable. This lipstick is also super pigmented, so it applies very smoothly and although it sits quite thick on your lips, it looks very light weighted. It’s build-able too, so you can wear it quite thin and have a very calm, more nude look or apply it thicker and go with more of a darker,stronger look, which works great with dark eyes.

The only problem I have with this lipstick is it can be quite hard to get used to at first. When I first bought it, I really struggled to put it with quite simple day to day looks because of it’s unusual shade. I also found it difficult to put with really dark eye make up because your lips almost looked a bit dead. So at first sight, this lipstick can be a bit of a weird one. But once I started experimenting and trying it with different looks, clothing, hair do’s and general make up, you start to realise that this is actually an incredibly versatile lipstick.

Out of the two I bought I have to say I do prefer Viva Glam 1, but I thick my adoration for dark reds/purples is just beyond any human explanation, so I will accept the biasedness of this opinion. Although if you’re one for the nude shades, I definitely recommend that you give this one a go and try it out!

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Roobes xxxxx

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LOTD: Simple Day to Day Look & Winged Liner

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Hey m’lovelies!

Today is LOTD day, and this one is my easy peasy, day to day make up that suits everyone. It’s quick to do, so it’s great for on the go, in a rush, early morning make up AND great for giving you some extra time in bed! I wear this look for work a lot, but the great thing about it is, you can doll it up with different lipsticks, some extra liner on your water line and some stronger bronzing and blush effects. BUT today, it’s super simple day (kind of like my brain at times).

So on my face I have:

  • MAC’s Studio Finish Concealer under my eyes and covering blemishes
  • MAC’s Studio Fix Foundation in NW15
  • Benefit’s Boing in shade 2, under my eyes to even out and add to the coverage
  • MAC’s Studio Finish Powder in NW18
  • Benefit’s HOOLA Bronzer lightly under my cheek bones, around my temples and lightly on my jaw line towards the back
  • MAC’s Melba Blusher very lightly on my cheek bones

On my Lips:

  • MAC’s Viva Glam 2 from the Viva Glam collection

On my Eyes:

  • Burnout from Urban Decays Naked3 Palette, only on my lids
  • Maybelline’s Eyestudio Drama Gel Liner in Intense Black, I have applied this in more of an inward curve shape as you can see. I haven’t stuck with the typical cat eye winged liner, I think for tired eye’s this can really wake them up and give them great shape and body. I have lightly extended past the edge of my eye creating about a 2cm length wing, which I have brought under my lower lashes too, to widen and waken the eyes.
  • Maybelline’s Rocket Volum Mascara

And that’s it!

Honestly, this takes me between 5-7 minutes to do on a morning if that. It’s a great time saving but beautiful look, it doesn’t look like it’s taken such a short time which is an awesome little trick to keep up your sleeve!

Ways to edit the look slightly:

You can cut the gel liner out and go for a deep/dark shade which covers your whole lid instead, this looks just as gorgeous. Keep OR remove the gel liner and add in some eye liner on your water line. Or change up the shade of lipstick to make it into a bit more of a subtle occasional look, with some reds/purples/deep pinks.

Hope you liked this guys, let me know if it saves you any time like it saves me, I love it!

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

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MAC Viva Glam 1 Lipstick – Review

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Heyeyeyeyey!

Hope you guys new years have set off positively, mine has been interesting. Yes already. The wonders of the world I live in. I shall explain all on #SundayFundayCatchUp tomorrow…

SO I wanted to do a review on this MAC lipstick I bought the other day (with the vouchers I had in the back of my purse from last Christmas which I had forgotten about. MWHAHAHAHAHA!), when I popped out to the shops with my mamma. I originally went to get Ruby Woo & Kinda Sexy, neither of which they had in stock. An impossible sin I know. So I ended up with this one and another, which the review is coming soooooooon.

One down side is that their marketing team either had a day off or had a total brain fart on the day they were labelling the Viva Glam collection. The names Viva Glam 1, Viva Glam 2 etc is not exactly up to MAC’s normal standards of product naming abilities. But hey ho, everyone needs a day off right?! But otherwise, all is well on the horizon…

The swatch is below:
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When I was in the shop I was asking one of the girls there for a hand choosing a really gorgeous deep red colour. She immediately picked out this one and described it the only way I think it can be: A Super Vampy Red. Honestly when I put it on and look at the lipstick I’m like lost for any form of descriptive words other than ‘vampy’.But it really is. It’s a very deep, thick dark red, with some slightly browny purple undertones, which really accentuates your lips making them look as full bodied as ever. It’s matte, sort of. It’s matte but with a slight sheen to it, so it’s almost matte, which soundsΒ a bit odd. Is that odd? It’s a bit odd. But awesome!

Due to it’s matteness (sort of matteness), it can tend to dry out your lips a little bit. So after you’ve worn it, put a good layer of lip treatment on it, whether it’s a balm or Vaseline or whatever takes your fancy. If you wear matte a lot, keep your lips moisturised, matte lipstick likes to think it’s a dehydrated fish, so balm up!

This specific shade looks beautiful with lots of dark eye shadow tones and a nude/beige blush. Or on a more day to day look, with thick winged eye liner and black liner on your water line, keeping it simple but gorgeous.

Regardless of your hair colour, how pale or dark your skin is, your eye colour, clothing style that day, this lipstick will work. Trust me. It’s so adaptable and works all round. It may be dark, and more for what some may wear on an evening when you’re getting all dolled up, but personally I love shades like this and wear them whenever I can, so go for it, be a bit more daring and whack it on for the day. You’ll turn heads I promise!

Seriously go out and buy yourself some. This is my favourite lipstick I’ve ever owned hands down.

Hope you liked this review guys, let me know what you think!

 

Love&Hugs

 

Roobes xxxxx

 

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New Years Eve Eye Make-up Tutorial – Naked3 Palette

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Hey there m’lovelies!

New Years Eve is literally right around the corner, so I figured it’d be nice to share with you guys one of my go to eye make up looks which is great for any celebratory occasion. I love this look specifically because it’s so versatile. You can wear it with any lip colour, any style of clothing and for any type of occasion, whether it’s a party, wedding, meal, prom or a night out. You name it, it works!

There are 4 shades which I have used for this look, 3 for the main shading and 1 for the brow bone highlight, all of which were from the Naked3 Palette by Urban Decay. I also used Benefits Bikini-Tini cream shadow as a base. If you don’t have it I will have a picture of it below, explaining which shades I used, so you can get an idea to match to.
I used:
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From left to right: Strange to highlight my brow bone, Trick on my inner corner across my lid, Factory from the outer corner to the middle and Blackheart from the outer corner blended at an angle 3/4’s of the way across my crease only.

So beginning with Trick, I took that and applied it the whole way across my lid, no where else. I followed this by adding Factory to the outer corner of my eye and blending it 1/2 way across my eyelid to the centre, again only on the lid. Then I took a small angled brush and created a line from the corner of my eye to about 1/3rd of the way up. I then took a flat blending brush and applied it from the guidance line I just created, and in horizontal motions, began blending across my crease adding a slight curve to the blending motion. Black heart has a gentle hint of deep plumb to it when you look in the light, which is why you need to make sure you blend it out thoroughly. If you don’t you wont get the mild plumby haze which sits just lightly above the black shade, giving it a gorgeous uniqueness. Now you want to take a small pointed blending brush and apply the tiniest amount of Blackheart to the corner of your lid, just to enhance the shading on the lid and so you don’t get a really harsh cut crease. Keep it quite close to the corner blending gently about 1/4 of the way into your lid. Now take Strange and highlight your brow bone with a fluffy small blending brush. To finish the eye shadow, take your angled brush again and apply Blackheart 2/3rd’s of the way in under your lower lashes, keeping it very close to your water line, then take a clean angled brush and use Trick to finish the last third under your lower lashes to the inner corner of your eye.

To finish the look, use a black eye liner under your water line, top and bottom, then take a good black mascara and apply generously. I haven’t used a gel liner to create any winged look at all as I don’t feel it is necessary and the look is perfectly complimentary as it is. I don’t feel it’s needed. But to enhance the look if you’re wearing this for a night out or a bigger occasion, some thick false lashes look gorgeous with this look!

Because this is such a versatile look you can go for so many different lip colours/glosses to compliment the eye shadow. My favourite shades are, deep purples, vampy reds and beige/dark nudes with a very slight hint of pink to them – a good example of this kind of nude is MAC’s Viva Glam 2 (just so you get my drift). You could finish with a gloss if you liked but the shadows do have a shimmer to them, so you may not want to over sparkle, and keep your lips matte.

For the rest of my face, I kept it on the neutral side, using MAC’s Gingerly blush and Benefit’s HOOLA bronzer and taking Benefit’s Watts Up?! highlighting cream stick on the bridge of my nose, above my cheek bones and bottom of my chin, just to create some shape and body to my face.

I hope this look has given you guys some inspiration for this evening and I hope you all have an amazing evening and welcoming to the new year! All of my absolute best wishes for 2015 my darlings!

 

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Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

 

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#SundayFundayCatchUp

Heeeeeeeey!

So catch up time! I need to apologise for missing last weeks. I’ve been so busy with things lately, trying to sort out the flat, christmas, arranging travel for Christmas etc I haven’t had time to sit down. Crazy!
On with the past week…
It’s been a nice wind down week for Christmas really. I’ve been stupidly excited to get to see MockingJay Part 1 and that the new Annie movie is coming out! EEK! I was ecstatic to find out that Caroline Flack had won Strictly Come Dancing – talk about deserving it!!! Although I’m bouncing off the walls at a much slower rate when Ben Haenow won X Factor, he did well and all that but he wasn’t Fleur and certainly wasn’t Andrea. Talk about a completely backwards result. Eugh. I popped out and indulged a little bit for myself for a change, I got myself some gorgeous new MAC lipsticks and some new nail polishes which is exciting (haul blog to come!) and went back to brown!
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I FINALLY went to the Alchemist! I’ve been desperate to go since it opened but me being me refuses to pay Β£20 for 2 cocktails, but seeing as though it’s cChristmas Me and my mam decided it was time to treat ourselves so we dug into these – my beloved woowoo and the hot and cold espresso (which I am intensely jealous I didn’t get, it was scrummy and suuuuper impressive when they made it!)
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That was followed by a gorgeous meal to finish a fantastic day of shopping off!I finished my Christmas shopping which I managed to forget ’til the last minute. No surprise there! We also had our little Christmas day today as I wont be home for Christmas, so we’ve had such an amazing, lovely day together. We cooked something yummy and opened all of our presents. My favourite thing about Christmas is watching people open the presents I bought for them, I love the surprise and happiness.

Christmas drinks were in order for the last day of work. Which included many a beer, wine and vodka. And got carried away with the Christmas Duck…
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So you can imagine how much I needed the vat of coffee I devoured the next morning…
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Regardless of my painful (understatement) head, I managed some therapy at the hairdressers and dragged myself out on a lovely long walk. You can’t beat the way the sky looks at this time of year. It doesn’t come anywhere close the rest of the year I mean seriously, just look at the view I got to take in:
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PRRRIIIDDDEEEEEE!!!!!!!

Minus the hangovers, excessive Christmas drinking and some sensible stuff inbetween, I’ve had my head deeply burrowed in my particularly festive book; I Heart Christmas. This book by Lindsey Kelk is perfect for you girly, romantic, Christmas lovers out there. I got mine second hand super cheap from Amazon. I absolutely recommend this book 100%.

Some gorgeous songs have come out the past week, and some of my Christmas faves have made an epic reappearance – Fairytale of New York and Stop the Cavalry. Christmas is not complete with out them. We just need a bit of snow now! Not long, it’s basically 3 days (can you tell I’m counting down? πŸ˜‰

Hope you guys are in for an amazing Christmas time, check out my blog tomorrow for my Christmas nail designs. I have 3 major Christmas nail blogs for the run up to Christmas on Monday, Tuesday AND Wednesday! 2 tutorials and 1 about my staple shades, so stay tuned! I’m going to go dance around my house to ‘Fairytale of New York’ now…

 

Love&Hugs&FestiveWishes!

Roobes xxxxx

 

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November Faves!

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Hiiiiii,

It’s December! Already! I honestly can’t believe it but I’m not complaining, it’s my favourite time of the year! To kick off December and end November here’s a quick November Faves blog for you.Β I’ve rekindled my love for some super wintery shades and scents this month and my all time FAVOURITE scarf is back!

Speaking of scarves, hiding under the rest of my faves from last month is my beloved pink cable knit scarf. It’s about 2m in length and the width of my head. It’s bloody massive. The main reason I love this scarf so much is because it’s so thick. Thicker scarves are sturdier, they don’t flail around all over the place exposing your chilly chest and neck that you’re trying oh so hard to keep warm. And even though it’s pink it does work well with almost anything
River Island Β£10 – yep you heard. Ten. Pounds.

Next is a candle which doesn’t follow the general ‘all candles must smell of baking and sweets and all things cinnamon related’ it’s completely different. Not that I don’t like that kind of smell, it’s just nice to see something different. This candle smells of fresh air and woodland with a slight perfumed hint to it. It’s like how you would imagine taking a breath would be like whilst taking a walk through the fields with your winter coat and snow boots on. LOVELY.
Asda Β£8

Next up is my favourite nude colour from MAC of all time.Velvet Teddy. I love you. It’s more of a deep nude shade than a lighter one but it works well with so many looks and is perfect for this time of year!
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It works really well with this body shop lip gloss in shade 10. I’ve had this for years but it never fails to make an appearance at this time of year! This gloss is super light weight and it’s not sticky or slimy, it glides perfectly across your lips. It’s got a mild shimmer to it so it add’s a really nice elegant look to nude lip sticks.
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MAC Β£15.50 & Body Shop Β£10

Nail Polish Time!
I love getting seasonal with nail polishes and two of my favourites to do it with are Nails Inc’s St Marks Square and Barry M’sΒ Lady, which is a lovely thick sparkly white.
St Mark’s Square is a really pretty autumnal purple with hints of silver to add a little sparkle to it. The shimmer is perfect for this season, especially seeing as though it’s working with a gorgeous plum colour! And Lady. Oh Lady! How you are so snowy and sparkly! This colour is amazing as a snowy white nail colour with out without a white base. Or it’s great as an accent on more nail art based nails as opposed to one basic colour. I love these, they’re perfect for this time of year πŸ™‚
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Finally, how can we end this without a christmassy read!! Lindey Kelk’s I heart christmas is such an amazing book. It’s a funny, girly, cute, sweet, problematic novel, which follows a previous 5 I heart books from the series (MUST READ). I like how any girl can relate to every issue in these stories but how it’s so christmassy to the point where it just suddenly makes you sit in the centre of festivities. Reading this on a night makes me feel so warm and snuggly and like you’re right in the middle of christmas spirit. I mean really, what could be more fitting for this time of year! BUY IT!
Ebay/Amazon new or used Β£1.99-Β£5.99 – WIN

 

What’s your favourite things to get you into Christmas mode?!
Let me know!!!

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

 

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LOTD Simple & Easy Fall Makeup

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Hey there my lovelies!

Fall is certainly here, the hats, gloves, scarves and thick coats have made their return and so has my seasonal make up change up. I often do this make up during this time of year as it keeps things nice and simple and fits with the colours around you, also allowing your natural beauty to filter through too.

On my face lives:

  • MAC’s studio finish concealer covering blemishes in NW15
  • Benefit’s Boi-ing concealer under my eyes covering my dark circles in No 2
  • MAC’s studio fix liquid foundation in NW15
  • MAC’s studio fix powder foundation in NW18
  • Benefit’s HOOLA bronzer under my cheek bones, around my temples and my back jaw line
  • MAC’s blush in MELBA

On my eyes:

  • Benefit’s cream eye shadow in Bikini-Tini
  • Maybelline’s studio gel eye liner in 01 Black
  • Maybelline’s Master Drama eyeliner in Black
  • Maybelline’s Rocket Volum’ Express Mascara in Black

On my lips:

  • No 7’s Lipstick in Plum Beautiful

When I do my gel eye liner I like it to be a slightly thicker line as it emphasises the lashes and compliments the dark liner on your water line. The dark Plum lips go perfectly with your dark eyes and really become noticeable. I tend to find that the calm subtleness of the blush shade and how lightly the bronzer is applied really helps in not hiding your skins natural appearance in the cold chill. So you know when your face gets so cold that it starts to take hints of pink around your cheeks, nose and a little on your forehead, it’s something you want to see in the autuminal season. You don’t want it hidden under layers and layers of make up so you look like a toy doll! One of the beauties of this gorgeous season is bringing out your natural beauty. Okay so emphasise your eyes and lips but keep your skin looking natural, that’s what seasonal make up is all about, especially this season!

I hope you liked the look, if so let me know! πŸ™‚

Love&Hugs

Roobes xxxxx

 

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