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MAC x Philip Treacy – Blue Peep and Royal Wink 

 
With waveline and sassy moss above for comparison  

(Artificial light)

Fondue

Sorry no picture, but I think I have the right ratio for fondue – 500g cheese to 1 cup of alcohol (beer/wine) with a little mustard/sirrarcha/Worcestershire sauce to taste and a rub of garlic on the pot. Heat on the stove and then transfer to the fondue pot.

Last weekend’s combo – 300g tasty/vintage cheddar and 200g gruyere with a cup of a random lager from Munich.

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Revlon just bitten kissable balm stain

I’m gonna admit it, revlon’s kissable lip stain balms are so so soooo much better than clinique’s chubby sticks.

Why:
– more pigment (compared to clinique’s original formula)
– longer lasting
– better smelling (minty fresh!)
– heaps cheaper (I got mine at boots for GBP5, or about AUD17 at Priceline who often have bogo offers)

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Guerlain Météorites

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These Météorites Teint Rose 01 in give a lovely soft glow over foundation.  It’s quite subtle but they do brighten and smell divine.  They come in a cute slivery metal tin.  I also got the Météorites brush, which is a bit disappointing as its rather stiff and scratchy, but I think the perles need it.

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Farmers Daughter – fail

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Farmers Daughter (sic) is the Britta of Canberra cafes

A long wait and then the most pathetic limp tasteless zucchini and corn fritters ever

Oh and by the way the were cold (they were replaced promptly though)

Food

With the pathetic fritters we also ordered a breakfast burger, that while passable could have had more bacon for the price tag

Drinks

coffee was passable

Ambience

Meh, ok hipsterish

Service

Slow, but the replacement hot fritters were served quickly

Price

Overpriced! $42 for two coffees and two mains, with us leaving hungry

Overall

Never again.

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MAC Techniques Night

I’m on the VIP list at my local MAC counter (nothing special, just if someone remembers they give me a call when new collections are out and put stuff aside for me). I got a call inviting me to a MAC Techniques Night, focusing on behind the scenes runway techniques covering contouring and false lashes. I really struggle with those two so I was in! I popped down to the counter to pay my $120 to secure my place (redeemable on product on the night) as there was “limited numbers”.

A few weeks later and I arrive at the store after hours, there’s a few girls milling around as we wait to be escorted in. Awesome I thought to myself, only about a dozen people, we’ll get plenty of individual attention over the next two and a half hours. Boy I was wrong, we walked into a training room of 30 people!

In the small, hot room there were a few large prints of makeup looks, the mineralised lipsticks on display (a few weeks before launch), two models perched on stools and two trainers. On each chair there was a small black ring binder with a pencil to take notes. Inside the binder, a bunch of face charts other info.

Each trainer did a different look using a lot of LE products. They handed around some of them. The trainers were good – chatty and explained what they were doing but with three rows of watchers I didn’t learn much.

after about an hour-hour and a half we headed back down to the counter and were split into groups of six with a trainer or MUA to pick out our $120 worth of product, ask any questions, try stuff on, etc. It was packed! It was hard to get a hold of stuff, lots of waiting around to get product, bah a bit of a mess really!

I got taupe shape blush, everyday diva lipstick and let’s skate paintpot (totalling $122! Yeah!)

Overall, I wouldn’t do it again. While I appreciated the sneak peek at new products before they had even arrived in the US, I think you’d get a lot more bang for buck with a $80 make-over/lesson which is one on one (and redeemable too).

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MAC Strength – Taupe Shape Blush

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A perfect contouring shaded for the cool toned.

I’ve been a little scared of contouring, but after watching the demo at the MAC techniques night I decided to give it a go. Taupe Shape is a lovely cool beigey-brown with a very subtle hint of shimmer (it is a satin after all). It seems to work well on my super pale skin as a subtle contour, so it’s a winner in my books.

Sadly it’s LE – boooo!

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