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Review: MAC Lipstick in Rebel

Hi loves! 🙂

The other day I picked up a MAC lipstick that I've had my eye on for agess. It's called 'Rebel' and it's an absolutely stunning purple-y plum, gorgeous for this time of the year.

 

It's a Satin finish, which means that it's still creamy, matte and full of colour but a lot less drying on the lips than the matte finishes. As you all know I the satin and amplified finishes from MAC are my absolute favourites because they're so packed with colour, and you can always find literally any colour that you could ever want, they last forever too which is a bonus! Check out the swatch below 🙂

 

What do you think? What's your favourite MAC lipstick?

 

Love&Lipstick,

Tammy xoxo

 

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Make Up Haul!

Hello my loves!

I hope you all had a good weekend, I'm sorry I haven't been posting much this week I've been super busy with work and everything!

But I did find time to go shopping (I know, naughty!) and pick up a few bits and pieces that I've had my eye on for a while now and I couldn't wait to get home and play with it all so I could get on and tell you all about it! So here's what I got..

MAC Lustre Drops in Pink Rebel
Smashbox Oil-Free Photo Finish Primer in Light
Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Mascara in Black
Smashbox Smoke Box Eye Palette
*The MAC Fluidline wasn't for me but I just thought I'd include in the picture, and I also bought MAC lipstick in Rebel and forgot to put it in there!
I also came home with a little sample pot of the Creme de la Mer Moisturising Gel Cream that I can't wait to try!
Swatches coming soon! 🙂
Love & Lipstick,
Tammy xoxo
 

 


Review: L’oreal Rouge Caresse Lipsticks

Hello lovelies! 🙂

I met a friend in town today for coffee and a catch up and naturally when I’m left alone in town, I tend to drift towards the make up counters..so off I headed to Boots with the intent of buying myself a(nother) lipstick, for the blog of course…

Now, for some reason, I’m not sure why, but L’oreal just never seems to take my fancy, I’m always hearing great reviews about their products, I’m just not drawn to it as much as I’d like. But, today I spotted this gorgeous pink lippie from their Rouge Caresse range and just decided to go with it 🙂

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Firstly, I just have to say that I think the packaging is super sleek and pretty and I just really like it. The silver tube also looks great against the colours of the lipsticks themselves, it really makes the colours pop.

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The shade above is Cheeky Magenta.
Now, any of you guys that read my blog regularly, know that I love a bold, bright and generally matte lipstick but I’m glad I went for something different and picked this little baby up! It’s smooth, glossy and feels amazingly moisturising on the lips.

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New Series: Make-Up Basics!

Hello lovelies! 🙂

I’ve decided to start a new series, covering all the basics of make up. Whether your just starting out playing with make up, or a make up connoisseur, I find that there is always something new to be learned or some new tricks to try out!

To start with, I’m going to talk about Foundations and how to choose the right shade for your skintone. Here are my top tips on choosing the right colour;

Use foundation to even and perfect your skintone, not give you a new one
I know that sometimes it is tempting to go a shade or two darker than your natural skin colour to make yourself look more tanned but please, unless you love your face to be a totally different colour to the rest of your body, resist the urge! It never looks natural, always choose a foundation to match your natural skintone, it’s so much easier to bronze it up than trying to lighten a foundation that’s way too dark for you.

Always swatch before you buy
And I don’t mean on your wrist or the back of your hand! Whether your going to your local drugstore to pick up a purse-friendly foundation or heading to a high-end make up counter, go make up free and test the colours ON YOUR FACE! In natural light, take your chosen shade and swipe from your cheek down to your jawline, beside this colour, do the same with a shade lighter and a shade darker. The one that disappears completely is the one you want. If you want to be extra sure your picking the right one, test it on your forehead too as some people tend to be slightly darker here!

Choose a yellow base
Sounds odd I know! But pale or dark skinned, everyone has yellow undertones to their skin. Using a colour laced with pink or peach undertones can make even the most ghostly pale ladies and gents look washed out and chalky! A yellow based foundation will blend easily into your skin and keep you looking bright and radiant 🙂

Change with the Seasons
To keep you looking fresh and healthy all year round, make sure you have two foundations to hand; one for summer when your tanned, and one for winter when your paler. For the rest of the year, you can mix the two colours together or use separate for certain areas where your skin might be lighter or darker!

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And here’s how you can get the right consistency for your skin type!

Dry/Dull/Tired Skin
Your aim here will be a fresh, dewy complexion and to get this, you will want to choose a hydrating foundation. These have a moisturising formula and you can choose to have a sheer coverage, that you would find in a tinted moisturiser, or medium-full coverage from a liquid or mousse formula. Avoid matte foundations and cakey powders as these will make your skin look even drier.

Oily Skin
If you have oily skin, obviously you will want to choose a foundation that will keep shine at bay, so look for foundations that state directly on the packaging that they are mattifying or oil free. You can also add a mattifying powder on top to reduce shine.

I hope this helped some of you!

Love & Lipstick,
Tammy xoxo


Today’s Look & Outfit of the Day!

Hello pretties! 🙂

Does anyone else subscribe to the newsletters from clothing websites and then when they constantly email you with offers of 50% off and free delivery?! For a shopaholic like me, this is dangerous territory, when I see that, I literally can’t help myself, I HAVE TO BUY STUFF! Ahhh!
This is exactly what happened to me on Friday when I received an email from Boohoo.com, telling me that there was free delivery and a half price sale. Well, credit card disaster.
On the upside, my order arrived yesterday and I bought this gorgeous skirt which I couldn’t not show you since this season is all about the punk spirit!

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Since I was feeling all punky today, obviously I had to match my make up so here it is!

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And here’s how I did it..
Benefit Hello Flawless Foundation in Beige
Creme de a Mer Translucent Powder
MUA Bronzed Perfection Bronzer
Benefit Rockateur blush
Urban Decay Naked palette (Naked all over lid, Creep in crease and Virgin as highlight)
MUA Intense Kohl liner in Black
Benefit They’re Real mascara
Kate Moss for Rimmel lipstick in 107

Hope you like it!
Love & Lipstick,
Tammy xoxo


Today’s Look!

As you all know, I love a bold lip whether I’m heading off for a night out or doing my weekly shop at Tesco. Everything about an eye-catching lipstick makes you feel better and a bright colour always brightens up the day.
But, today I decided to give the colour a miss (gasp!), and go for the old faithful smokey eye and a clear, (yes clear!) lipgloss! Check it out below…

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Base
-Benefit Porefessional Primer
-Benefit Hello Flawless foundation in Beige
-Creme de Mer Translucent Powder
-MUA Bronzed Perfection bronzer
-Benefit Watts Up! Highlighter

Eyes
-Benefit World’s Sexiest Nudes Palette (Holy Smokes cream shadow all over lid with Blingo! patted on top for a metallic effect).
-Sleek Storm Palette (Matte Black blended into crease).
-Urban Decay Naked Palette (Virgin used as highlight on inner corners and brow bone)
-MUA Intense Kohl Liner in Black
-Lancôme Hypnose Mascara in 01 Noir

Lips
Victorias’ Secret Sparkle Lipgloss in Cosmic

Love & Lipstick,
Tammy xoxo


Brand Wishlist – Illamasqua

Hello my loves 🙂

Last time I did a brand Wishlist, I was all about theBalm, but now I think it’s time to head over to the dark side and pick a few of my most wanted goodies from one of my favourite brands, Illamasqua.

Firstly, I’ve had my eye on this for aaagggeeesssss! I’ve heard so many great reviews about it and it looks incredible but I just haven’t got round to buying it yet, it’s the Hydraveil (£27). I need it!

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Next up is the Complement Palette, filled with 4 gorgeous colours in brown and plum tones, this to me is the ideal palette for Autumn, just stunning!

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Then we have the Liquid Metal in Phenomena, an AMAZING, super pigmented, metallic silver cream that can be used on eyes, lips or cheeks!

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Next, it’s onto my favourite products ever, the lipsticks! I absolutely love this shade, ESP, a stunning vivid violet with a matte finish. Deliciously dark and daring!

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We can’t forget a nail polish, and the colour I’m lusting after most is Obssess, the most gorgeously, girly, pink!

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Last but definitely not least, is the new Velvet blusher in Peaked, a lovely dusky rose colour, perfect for this time of year!

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I can’t take lusting after these products much longer, I might just have to shimmy on over to Illamasqua.com and make a couple of purchases, all in the name of the blog of course…

Which Illamasqua products are you sticking on your Wishlist?

Love & Lipstick,
Tammy xoxo

*images courtesy of Illamasqua.com