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MAC x Philip Treacy – Royal Wink


royal wink swatch – natural light


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Guerlain Météorites


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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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


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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Sneak Peek! MAC Mineralize Rich Lipstick – Everyday Diva

I attended a MAC techniques night (review to come) and lo and behold the new MAC Mineralize lipstick collection was available. I understand this has just been released in the US online, and well probably have to wait til mid march for it to be fully available here.

I picked Everyday Diva – a true cream red. It’s a lovely smooth, easy to wear formula; like a super pigmented lustre. It wears well and has a slight sheen.

They’re bigger than the standard bullet, and they oughta at $46!?!?

There’s a nice range of basic colours. Quite a few dupes from the permanent range.

Will I catch them all? Maybe, as old favourites run out I might replace them with one of these.

Swatches and stuff after the jump

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MAC lipstick – Rebel





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Changes to Back 2 MAC (in Australia, at least….)

Yesterday, I found out that Back 2 MAC has changed 😦

I went to swap my 6 empties and now, instead of receiving any lipstick in regular packaging (including Limited Editions), I was limited to the top 20, listed below.  Thankfully, I wanted Rebel, but boo MAC!

Here’s the list,  with links to swatches…..

Vegas Volt
Lady Danger
Ruby Woo
Russian Red
Hug Me
Shy Girl
Crème d’ nude
Pretty Please
Crème Cup
St Germain
Girl About Town

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MAC By Request – Jeté and Moth Brown


Today Jeté and Moth Brown arrived. Hurrah! They are so damn pretty, I can’t wait to wear them tomorrow.

There’s swatches and comparisons with All That Glitters, Naked Lunch and Satin Taupe after the jump

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Ulta Haul


I’ve been meaning to upgrade my MAC holiday set brushes for ages. Given the raves around the interwebs for real techniques brushes and their price I thought I’d give em a go.

So far – love them. They are sooo soft (and synthetic, animal friendly yay!).

I got the eye starter set, stippling brush, finishing brush and expert face brush. I’ve since ordered the blush brush and an eye shader brush from

The eyeliner brush can do an amazing fine line, its looks are deceptive. I really like the expert face brush with MUFE’s HD foundation.

I also grabbed a Revlon Lip Butter and Lip Stain Balm. The Butter is nice enough, but the stain is amazing. I’ll do a comparison post with a Clinique chubby stick soon, but believe me the Revlon version is so much better!

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Make Up For Ever (Sephora) Haul



So I got a bit of Make Up For Ever. It’s not available in Australia (well ok there’s like one online supplier but that hardly counts!) so I was excited to finally try some of the things I heard so much about.

First I headed to Sephora and got some samples of the HD Foundation in 110 and 115, and I got the 500 point perk – a mini MUFE kit with a sachet of HD Primer (used up so not pictured), mini HD powder (1g), mini Aqua Eyes in black (0.7g), mini Smoky Lash Mascara black (0.3ml) and mini Lab Shine lipgloss. All in a super cute little clear zip bag – that will be awesome for future holidays.

I quickly learnt that MUFE is worth the hype and promptly purchased the HD Complexion Starter Kit, with a full sized HD Foundation in #115 (30ml), half sized HD Primer (15ml), half sized HD Powder (5g) and Kabuki brush. Loving it so far, but I’ve never used translucent/clear powder before, so I’m still working on how much is too much 🙂

And I also grabbed a rouge artist natural in N45. It’s really nice. Quite a pinky/blue based red. There’s a swatch after the jump, and soon I’ll add a comparison with MAC’s Fire Sign ‘cos I think the rouge artist natural formula is comparable with MAC’s Lustre finish. I’ll also add a swatch of the gloss too…

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