Spotlight: foundations

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MAC F&B, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum, MAC Prolongwear, LM Smooth Finish Flawless Fluide and Chanel Mat Lumière

 As I have explained before, my skin can be a bit tricky when shopping for foundations, so that might be an explanation as to why I have accumulated so many of them.

First of all, I have oily skin and I live in a place where it is very hot and humid in summer so it is a tricky combination as most foundations melt off my face. Also, my skin is sensitive, yellow toned but with redness on the centre of the face. And finally, I don’t really like mask like foundations.

All this means that many times I have been matched to a cool toned foundation or a darker foundation or one with high coverage only to apply it once I am home and cringe.

Let me tell you about my foundation journey below.

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New Mac brush: 135

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Mac 135 brush

My new addition to my brush collection is just gorgeous! Have a look at it!

I was really excited about the launch of the Mac 135 brush. You could say that I am always excited about new brushes (except those odd toothbrushes look alikes they launched a year ago) but I was specially excited about this one as it had a shape that I love and tend to go for.

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Mac 135 brush, Clinique powder brush, Dior blush brush

My current favourite setting powder is the Clinique powder brush pictured above. I like the flat paddle shape and use it to gently sweep and pat powder all over my face. As you can see the Mac 135 is very similar, just a tiny bit smaller overall.

I also compare it to one of the old Dior blush brushes. The Dior one is a fuller brush with a flatter top and thus picks up more powder. I use it for a higher coverage or even to apply blush with the tip.

In my opinion the hair feels like very nice goat hair. Perhaps the fact that it is not dyed helps in this regard. It feels the softest of these three if you gently swipe it, however if you hold it perpendicular to your face you will feel the bristles.

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Mac is Beauty lipsticks

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These are the lipsticks I picked up from the Mac is Beauty collection. When I saw what the names of the lipsticks that I had picked were, I was amused. What must the planning meetings be like at Mac one wonders.

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In the past, I would always have gone for the bright and opaque shades, but as I am trying to give a bit of variety to my lipstick collection this time I choose both a formula and a shade that I would not have chosen before.

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Mac is beauty eyeshadows and beauty powder

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Mac Beauty powder in Alpha Girl and eye shadows in Bouffant and Wow Factor

 

While it is true that I sucumbed to the Fluidlines very quickly and with disastrous results (for my wallet), it is also true that I also grabbed a couple other things from the Mac is Beauty collection. Here are the powder products that came home with me.

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Mac Beauty powder in Alpha Girl and eye shadows in Bouffant and Wow Factor

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Mac is Beauty fluidlines: put some colour on your eyes

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Mac Fluidlines in Looking good, Copperthorn, Siahi, Our secret and Ivy

 

When I entered my MAC store to check out the Mac is Beauty collection and saw so many colourful Fluidlines together, I confess that I went a bit mad!

It was a difficult process, but after swatching them I left the store with the 5 shades that I liked most or that were most unusual considering what I already own. Below I have added Deliciously Rich which I first blogged about here.

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Mac Fluidlines in Looking good, Copperthorn, Siahi, Our secret, Ivy and Deliciously rich

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The eyebrow job

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Eyebrow shaping tools

Learning how to frame your eyes in the most flattering way is no easy feat.

Many among us may have committed all kinds of crimes against the eyebrow; from overtweezing to tadpole shapes to insisting on a line that is not natural to you.

Fortunately, with time and practice one finds what best suits ones features. You simply use a spoolie and some scissors to cut long hairs and some tweezers to get rid of the ones that grow outside your shape. And once peace has been signed with what mother nature provided, we want to help our eyebrows to look their best.

The first type of product that I ever used was a pencil. Initially I was really reluctant to follow the advice I had been given and give my too short eyebrows a little tail with a brown eye pencil.

I ended liking the effect and fortunately I found more appropriate shades than dark brown and more appropriate formulas as well.

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Kiko Precision Eyebrow Pencil in 03

These days I am using Kiko Precision Eyebrow Pencil in 03 (5,90€) which is a medium brown shade that leans a bit warm. It is perfect to harmonize my black eyebrows with my dark brown hair.

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Loving the Powerpoint eye pencils plus a blogger’s favourite

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Those that know me can confirm that I have some obsessive tendencies. If I like a book, song or an eye pencil I will find myself wanting to have other books by the same author, songs by the same singer and eye pencils in the same formula.

So it will not surprise you that after having loved the Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Buried Treasure that I was introduced to in a MAC Technique session a year ago, I found myself itching to get my hands on some more Powerpoint Eye Pencils.

Also, for a while there it seemed that all the blogosphere was talking about this permanent little gem that is the Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul, I am mostly blaming Karen though, so of course it too had to come home with me.

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