Mac Lipsticks

Anyone who knows me, knows I have a bit of a thing for lipsticks. Mac lipsticks, in particular. I’ve tried plenty of other brands but I find none are as long wearing as Mac, especially their Matte collection. I have lost a couple over the last year but at my latest count I have 23. If I’m being completely honest, I wear around 6 or 7 of those 23 regularly and 2 of those 7 on a daily basis. 


My go-to shades for daily wear are Brave and Viva Glam 2. I wear them both to work and when I’m off. They’re definitely more subtle daily shades. I’ve never finished a lipstick for two reasons. 1) because I have so many and 2) because I tend to lose them. I’m almost at the end of my Viva Glam 2. I have a second lined up and ready though. 

Brave & Viva Glam 2


My favourite shades for going out or special occasions are Ruby Woo, Rebel, Lickable, Hue and Hang Up. My Rebel is on the missing list so I’ll have to replace that. 

Hang-Up, Ruby Woo, Lickable & Hue


I rarely use the rest but as you can see I’m not going to run out of pink options any time soon! 

What’s your go-to lipstick brand?

I’m not sure the colour of these brushes is coming up as nice in this photo as they are in real life. They’re so pretty that I was not leaving without them. They were €8 and they’re from Penneys (Primark if you’re outside Ireland). 

Now I’m not saying much for how good they’ll be as brushes because I haven’t used them yet but I’ll give them a go this weekend and the seem nice and soft so far. 


They even come with this explanation for each brush and how to use them. 

Has anyone else tried them?


I’ve been using these products for about 6 months now and I think that’s a sufficient time to be able to properly review them. I want to start off by saying at nearly 30, I am as freaked out by the changes in my face as the next girl my age, but I’m also aware of the fact I’ve been quite lucky with my skin my whole life. I’ve never had teenage acne and still don’t have any deep deep lines or wrinkles. However, that being said I have my fair share of mild skin problems including redness and oiliness on my chin, a dry dehydrated t-zone and milia. For anyone who doesn’t know, milia are small pearly-white bumps just under the epidermis. They are a build up of oil and are the same as milk spots in babies.

Roughly 6 months ago I was recommended the  products I’m going to review by an Image Skincare consultant. I had heard the products were great and rather than trying to work out for myself what I needed, I went to a free consultation so my skin could be evaluated and recommendations made. The products I went home with that day were Provention + (an oil free, daily matte moisturiser with an spf 32), Vital C Hydrating Repair Cream, The Max Facial CleanserAgeless Total Eye Lift Crème and the Iluma Intense Lightening Serum.

To be perfectly honest, I’m not going to review The Max Facial Cleanser because I really don’t use it enough but I will say it’s very gentle on the skin. Other than that, I didn’t find anything special about it and so it falls down the list of cleansers I use.

I was recommended the Provention + moisturiser in the matte finish because I have milia and the consultant thought it would help prevent it. In hindsight I think it was the wrong choice for me personally because I have such combination skin and it’s too drying in the areas that are already dry and dehydrated. It is however a nice, light-weight moisturiser with SPF benefits that I don’t think you really get from the protection that is built into your foundation. It’s also a lovely primer for under make-up and when I use this, I don’t bother with any other primer. I would definitely recommend this for anyone with oily skin. Rating: 7/10

I have no complaints about the Vital C Hydrating Repair Cream. I’m not too sure why this was suggested for me as a night cream, however it contains vitamin C which is apparently great for redness and I can definitely say the redness in my chin area, which is a genetic trait from my mam’s side (thanks genes), has gone down. My chin has somehow become dry where it used to be oily but more about that later. Again it feels light-weight which is always good when you’re going to bed because I don’t want the feeling of anything too heavy that gets all over the bed sheets. Rating: 8/10

The Iluma Intense Lightening Serum is the last thing I thought would be good for someone with milia, as unlike some serums, it’s texture is like oil. Somehow it doesn’t give me more milia at all. I use it at night before my Vital C Cream and it soaks into the skin really quickly which is great because it does have a slightly sticky texture for a few seconds. This was the first Image product I could see working and I would definitely recommend it. My skin felt brighter and it’s very soothing on the skin. Rating: 9/10

I can only describe the Ageless Total Eye Lift Crème as a little bottle of heaven. I absolutely love this product. I don’t know much about eye creams, or skincare products at all really, and don’t claim to but this is the single best thing I’ve used for getting rid of milia. Full stop. And I have had electrolysis to remove it, as well a using lots of other microdermabrasion scrubs, amongst other things. This was proposed for my skin because it has glycolic which is supposed to be great for breaking down milia. I won’t pretend to even know what glycolic is but if I can suggest any product to anyone, ever…it’s this! Rating: 11/10

Do you have any skincare products you’d recommend?


Mac

Hands up who hates cleaning their make-up brushes? Hands up who doesn’t do it as often as they should? I know the reasons I hate doing it are that it’s time-consuming, seems to damage my expensive brushes and if I’m being completely honest I don’t really suffer from skin break-outs which would be a big motivation to clean them. I also think people get caught up in the whole which product do I use for which brushes and it puts them off. I’ve tried some products that were way too harsh on my brushes and damaged them within a couple of washes. 

I keep it very simple and use Johnson’s Baby Shampoo and a silicon facial cleansing pad from Penneys (Primark). It’s a simple and cheap method and works really well. The shampoo is really gentle on your brushes and the cleansing pad is soft so cleans without damaging.

cleaning products

  1. Start off by running your brush under warm water.
  2. Add Johnson’s Baby Shampoo to the cleansing pad.
  3. Swirl brushes like the Mac 187 foundation brush above and other round shaped brushes on the pad and wipe flatter brushes from side to side so as not to damage the shape.
  4. Keep swirling or wiping until the shampoo foam turns white and has no residual product in it (foundation, eye shadow etc.) You may need to add some more shampoo for bigger brushes.
  5. Rinse the brush under warm water again to remove any shampoo.
  6. Gently squeeze any water out of the brush using a towel.
  7. Make sure the brush is reshaped in it’s original shape.
  8.  If it’s a flat brush, lie it on a flat surface. If it’s a round brush lie it on the edge of a flat surface so as not to create a flat shape on one side.

I’m definitely not an expert but I try to do it every couple of weeks. Realistically if I get it done once a month I’m happy enough. If you have oily skin or are prone to break-outs you should wash them more regularly. 

Do you have an cheap and cheerful beauty tips?