MAC Makeup Summer Staples

MAC Makeup Summer Staples

There’s something about seasonal makeup that I love, and in particular summer makeup (although given we are in Ireland I use the term summer lightly..!). I guess it’s sort of like updating your wardrobe and marks the end of one chapter of the year and the beginning of a new one. Summer makeup for me is always all about fresh dewy skin, soft pinks and peaches and clean defined brows and lashes. 

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New Launch | MAC Liptensity Lipsticks

New Launch | MAC Liptensity Lipsticks

I think we can all agree that when it comes to lipsticks the people at MAC are absolute rock stars! Between the gazillion shades and formulations, there is something there for everyone. Honestly, I didn't think that there could be anything in the world of MAC lipsticks that would wow me more than what's already on offer, but the new collection... WOW!

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First Look: Future MAC Collection

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First Look: Future MAC CollectionWhen it’s looking more like January than April, few things can turn a frown upside down like a little sneak peek parcel from the makeup superstars at MAC. I’ve been eyeing up the Future MAC Collection for a while and love their whole concept of taking mineralize finishes to the next level.

Far beyond basic matte or dewy finishes, the whole mineralize element introduces colour inspired by five elements and has elements of sheen, lustre and luminousity.

First Look: Future MAC Collection

Future MAC collection includes five shades of mineralize rich lipsticks, a lightweight formula that nourishes dehydrated lips. Pale soft peach and pinks (Cybernaut and Metafabulous) are combined with edgier fashion forward grey and taupe (Ionized & Touch the Earth). There are three eyeshadow quads in the collection:

Nanonude: Warm Beige, Neutral Beige, Soft Caramel, Gold with Pearl.

Dark Energy: Metallic Silver, Teal Iridescent, Metallic blue, Black with pearl.

Full Orbit: Creamy white, Dirty olive, Deep grey, Soft Brown w/ pearl (above).

At a glance I immediately would go for Full Orbit, there’s something about these pearlescent greyish browns & olives that suits Irish skin so well, and the buildable pigment allows for both a natural wash of colour and a blown out smoky eye.

First Look: Future MAC Collection

There’s some great runway style edginess to this collection, not just in the alternative lip colours but also with gorgeously edgy eye glosses. Available in two shades, Pearl Varnish is an opaque white with a pearlescent finish while Lightly Taupe is a soft beige pearl. These are such a simple way to a modern ‘undone’ look when teamed up with a strong lip (perfect five minute face right there!).

First Look: Future MAC CollectionThe real stars of the show here are the mineralize blushes, skin finishes & lustre drops. These blushes have the most beautiful soft finish with buildable colour that never gets cakey while Skin Finishes boast a 77-mineral complex to highlight the face and body – impressive! Blushes and skin finishes are all in very wearable soft shades that would suite most skin tones:

Cosmic Force: Dirty Nude Blush.

Ray Beam: Soft Pink Blush.

Warm Rose: Pastel Pink with pink reflects.

Otherearthly: A colour wave of bronze, soft pink and silver tones to create radiance (above).

If I were to pick one item from this collection then hands down it would be lustre drops. These little liquid highlighters give such a radiant glow, they pretty much mimic sunlight on the skin. Available in Pink Rebel (blue pink with gold pearl) and Barbados Girl (rose gold bronzer) I’d put my money on these beauties selling out fast.

Future MAC Collection limited edition is exclusive to Brown Thomas Henry St & Grafton St, available on counter now.

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Beauty Basics: The Art of Brush Cleansing

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Beauty Basics: Brush Cleansing

Unfortunately, if you apply makeup with brushes keeping them clean is key. It's not only hygienic (you wouldn't want to know the amount of bacteria on a dirty makeup brush!!!) but makes them last longer too. If you have a lot of brushes the whole thing can be a bit of a pain but it just has to be done! 

In an ideal world you would deep clean your brushes every few uses but let's be honest here, ain't nobody got time for that! I do this probably a couple of times a month & spot clean them with MAC Brush Cleanser on a little bit of kitchen towel if they get dirty in-between my big cleans.

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For the deep clean, however, my weapon of choice is the Dr Bronner's Magic Soap (the one I have at the moment is rose scented). It's inexpensive, gentle, comes in a variety of gorgeous natural scents, and above all, cleans my brushes quickly and thoroughly. The process is easy... I put on some tunes and get to work. First, I wet the brushes with a little bit of lukewarm water, pour a few drops of the soap into the palm of my hand  and swirl the wet brushes in it, making sure that they lather up (foundation brushes may take a couple of goes). I then rinse the brushes clean, wring them out gently with my fingers to remove excess water and place them on the edge of my counter on a clean towel. That's it!

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After all this the palm of your had will be exfoliated really well but it's worth it! Your brushes will be like new!

P.S. Dr Bronner's can often be found in TK Maxx. Alternatively you can use any gentle 2-in-1 shampoo.

How do you like to clean your brushes?

Alex Signature

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New In: MAC x Ellie Goulding

Ellie Goulding X MAC Collection

New Year, new MAC collections... and as always, we are not disappointed! MAC have partnered up with superstar Ellie Goulding and brought out a beautiful, soft & sexy collection. The collection consists of an array of beautiful pieces with the stunning powder blush duo, the Halcyon Nights all in one palette and some of the lip products definitely standing out!

Ellie Goulding X MAC Collection

Halcyon Nights

The Halcyon Nights all-in-one palette is a mesmerizing collection of warm-toned shades of four eye shadows and a cream colour base:

  •  Starry Eyed (cream pearl)
  • You My Everything (midtone peachy brown_
  • Hanging On (muted plum brown)
  • Saddle (golden orange brown)
  • This Love (pinky orange pearl - cream colour base)

Perfect for a glam but effortless and modern smokey eye!

I'll Hold My Breath

Next up is one of my favourites in this collection, the powder blush duo in I'll Hold My Breath. The compact houses 2 perfect shades, a beautiful soft pearly peach-pink and a medium-toned warm bronze, which are both very flattering on the skin. I really love Ellie's logo debossed in the pressed powder - I am obsessed with triangles and that logo really appeals to me! I hate ruining the design with my brush...

Lips: Innocent & Goodness Gracious

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In the lip department of this collection we have a beautiful Patenpolish Lip Pencil in Innocent, a perfect nude that is a great on-the-go product, so easy to apply without a mirror! The other beauty here is a MAC classic, a Plushglass in Goodness Gracious, a sweet peachy pink colour, just what we need to pick us up from the wretched January blues!

The collection is on counters now & will no doubt sell out quickly!

Have you tried any products from the line?

Alex Signature

Lip Love | MAC Huggable Glass

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MAC Huggable Glass

Lipgloss has slowly but surely made it back into fashion over the last year or so. We are still huge lipstick wearers here at Pink Elephant Blog but there is always space for a good quality lipgloss in our hearts... and makeup drawers. 

Gone are the days (thank goodness!!) of gloopy and slimy glosses that create a thick sticky layer on your lips that had all of your hair stuck to it on a windy day. Lip glosses, and lip products in general, have come a long way recently and we have a huge choice of textures and finishes at our disposal.

A recent discovery for me is the MAC Huggable Glass range. For a lipgloss, they last extremely well on the lips, wear away nicely and feel super comfy on the lips - creamy with no stickiness. There's 12 beautiful shades in the range and the finish is soft and even (a nice hue of colour on the lips):

  • Snuggle Up – bright pink-lilac
  • Mega-Hug – creamy deep raspberry
  • Never Say Never – intense mid-tone coral
  • Love Buzz – fuchsia pink
  • Marvel-Lush – bubblegum pink
  • Kind Kiss – pale melon
  • Embraceable Me – pale baby pink
  • Pleasure First – warm blush pink
  • Such a Sweetheart – intense bright watermelon
  • Sweet Persuasion – mid-tone warm mauve
  • Coole & Cute – light salmon
  • Keep it Light – light warm nude

The two that I have are Embraceable Me & Such A Sweetheart (my fave!).

MAC Huggable Glass in Embraceable Me & Such A Sweetheart

 

The Huggable Glasses are £17.50 and on counters from January 2016.

Alex Signature

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MAC Burgundy Times Nine Palette

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MAC Burgundy Times Nine

The MAC Times 9 palettes were a highly anticipated launch and both Becky & I are so delighted that these babies are finally in our makeup bags! The Burgundy Times Nine* is the one I was lusting after since some of the pre-launch photos have been cropping up all over the internet. Although, I will probably get some of the other ones as well.

The Times Nine palettes were recently launched into MAC's permanent collection. There's 4 palettes in total: Burgundy, Amber, Purple & Navy - all beautiful!

I love the shades in the Burgundy palette, I have green eyes and anything purple, wine-coloured or reddish makes my eyes a much brighter green. Having said that these shades would look great on all eye colours!

MAC Burgundy Times Nine

So, let's get down to the nitty-gritty: there's nine eye shadows in this palette, a mix of mattes, satins and shimmers. Some of the shades are permanent, some were previously limited edition and some are brand new. As is usual with MAC the quality of the shadows is lovely, the mattes are soft and blendable and there isn't much fallout from the more shimmery shades.

The shadows are smaller than the regular MAC single eye shadows but that's actually something I like as it makes the palette compact and portable. The palette costs €40 which I think is good value for a MAC eye shadow palette with this many shades in it.

The shades

MAC Burgundy Times Nine

Honey Lust – coppery-gold lustre (permanent) Poppyseed – warm mauve nude satin Quarry – warm plum brown nude matte (permanent) Antiqued – warm bronzey brown veluxe pearl (permanent) Embark – dark reddish brown matte (permanent) #Noir – black-brown with golden glitter velvet Haux – rose-nude satin (permanent) Star Violet – bronze plum veluxe pearl (permanent) Sketch – matte burgundy with red shimmer (permanent)

I am in love with this palette and am really looking forward to wearing darker autumnal looks now that the weather is turning colder.

If you haven't yet, make sure you check out the Times Nine palettes on your MAC counter. If you have, I'd love to know, which one is your favourite?

*PR Sample

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