MAC Foundations- The Difference

Having previously worked in MAC Cosmetics I had a lot of customers come in looking for the right foundation for their skin.
Most of the customers I had didn’t know the difference between any of our foundations or have been using the wrong one for their skin type.
So I said I’d break it down for you guys here!

Studio Fix Fluid Foundation- Oily to Combination skin


This foundation is for oily to combination skin types. This is an oil free and matte foundation which means it does not clog any pores and mattifies any oiliness on the skin.
It is quite a heavy foundation on the skin so if you love coverage then I would definitely recommend this!
SPF 15
€31.50

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Pro Longwear Fluid Foundation- Dry to Combination skin


This foundation is for dry to combination skin.
It says it gives you a medium coverage although I think it is a bit heavy on the skin.
It sets on the skin very fast so once you apply you need to buffer it in pretty fast!
It is not a buildable coverage foundation so once you have a layer on I’m sorry ladies but you won’t be able to add on to it, unless you want to drag the foundation as you apply more!
Rather than it leaving a matte finish like the studio fix, it leaves a more satin texture to the skin.
It also lasts up to 15 hours! So it won’t slide off the skin, make you look patchy or caked!
SPF 10
€36.50
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Studio Sculpt Foundation- Dry Skin

This foundation is for dry skin. It is a gel based foundation, giving you a medium buildable coverage and leaves a beautiful satin finish!
It is also one of MAC’s best sellers and is very popular for more mature skin.
It also gives you a gorgeous dewy look on the skin and is hydrating which is a dream come true if you have dry skin!
SPF 15
€36.50

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Matchmaster Foundation- Normal to Oily Skin


This foundation is for normal to oily skin, it blends well and keeps the skin fresh and hydrated during the day.
The matchmaster range uses a shade intelligence technology to match areas of uneven skin tone i.e. forehead and chin without looking ashy.
It doesn’t come in the usual NC or NW shades like the rest of the MAC products it starts from 1.0 and goes up to 9.0.
If you are unsure of your shade ask any MAC consultant to give you a colour match and you’ll find the perfect match for you!
SPF 15
€38.00

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Face and Body Foundation- Normal Skin

This foundation is a light to medium coverage and is buildable.
You can apply this foundation directly on to the skin, but if you want to build it up pour some on your hand and rub it in circular motions until it has a tacky feel to it then apply it on.
It also doesn’t contain an SPF which means there’s no flashback in photos!
(This means, when there is a spf in a foundation and a photo is taken with a flash your face will seem whiter than it actually is! But with a foundation with no spf you don’t have that problem at all!)
€31.50

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Moisture Mineralizing Foundation- Dry Skin

This foundation is for dehydrated and sensitive skin.
This foundation range is blended with 77 minerals, plus vitamin E and shea butter which creates a dewy effect on dry and sensitive skin and also helps to even out skin tone.
It has a light but buildable coverage and is lovely and lightweight on the skin.
This range comes in a fluid, compact or loose powder whichever your preference!

SPF 15
€37.50

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Pro Longwear Compact Foundation- Oily skin

This foundation is easy to blend and sets to a soft matte finish best for oily to combination skin.
It is a cream to powder foundation and leaves a beautifully natural finish!
It has a light to medium coverage and is packaged in a compact with a mirror and sponge so you can put it in your handbag to top up during the day!
You can apply this with the sponge given, your fingers or with a brush!

SPF 20
€36.50

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Studio Fix Powder All skin types

This foundation is for all skin types and is one of our most popular!
It is ideally a foundation but a lot of girls seem to use it over their own foundations which I would not recommend as it will make your complexion very cakey!
It has a silky, talc-based texture that applies and blends great leaving you with a matte finish.
The compact also comes with a sponge and a mirror.
The powder is also triple milled so allows the skin to breathe.
It is a light to medium coverage and can be applied dry or wet, although if applied wet you do have the risk of it coming out streaky.

€31.50

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So there you go! An overview on all the MAC foundations! Hope that helped anyone confused on which type to buy for their skin. Make sure you get a colour match at your nearest counter off any MAC consultants as you don’t want to be wearing the right foundation but wrong shade!!

You can buy any of these products at any MAC counter or in any Brown Thomas Ireland stores.

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Vice 2 review

Hey everyone! I have been working in Urban Decay for a couple of months now and have fallen in love with nearly all of there makeup!
Especially all the eyeshadow palettes! One of my favourites at the moment is the Vice 2.
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It is the Christmas limited edition palette. I had to grab one as soon as it hit the shelves because it is such an amazing palette!
You have every colour you could possibly need here!
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I would recommend it to anyone for a gift for a daughter, girlfriend, niece or maybe just to spoil yourself!
It may sound a bit pricey at €47, but it was definitely worth it! This palette will last you forever and you have such a wide variety of colours to chose from here aswell!

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People seem to stray towards the naked palettes very often because they have your browns and golds.
But with this palette not only do you have your browns, highlight colours and gold but you have much more adventeurous colours to play with!
Some of the colours have glitter in them giving your eye a gorgeous sparkle to it, which is amazing!
My three favourite colours are Dope (highlight), Betrayal (purple) and Voodoo (purple glitter).
They are also very pigmented and stay on all day long! Shellshock (silver) is brilliant for putting in your tearduct to give a pop of colour to your eyes. You also get a double ended brush with it, one side is flat and the other is a crease brush to help blend out the colours.

First Row: Smokeout/ Lovesick/ Shellshock/ Coax/ X-Rated
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Second Row: Prank/ Madness/ Strike/ Stash/ Poision
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Third Row: Radar/ Damaged/ Voodoo/ Betrayal/ Derailed

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Fourth Row: Dope/ Toxic/ Habit/ Ambush/ Rewind

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Those are the swatches of all the colours! Beautiful browns to gorgeous metallic’s and vibrant green,blues and purples not to mention the subtle peach and pink tones!
You have every colour you could ask for in this palette, shimmer, matte and glitter!

It is a must-have ladies! Put one of these on your Christmas list!
You can purchase one online here http://www.debenhams.ie/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10052_10001_123932029599_-1
Or call in to your nearest debenhams store to pick one up!

Benefit They’re Real! Review

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So I have been contemplating a lot to whether I should buy Benefit’s ‘They’re Real’ mascara.
I have been hearing a lot of mixed reviews about it, but I eventually decided to bite the bullet and try it out for myself I was shocked at how expensive it was, €26 is quite pricey for my liking. 
I bought it about a month ago now, and have been using it almost every day. 

My overall thoughts on the product:

  • It’s not my favourite mascara of all time, but I don’t hate it as it really lengthens my lashes which make my eyes look bigger.
  • It lengthens my lashes but does not give them volume! ( Yes there is a difference!) Which has to do with the wand.
  • The wand has plastic bristles on it which help separate the lashes evenly leaving no clumps, but they do leave a lot of excess product at the tip of the wand making you wipe it all at the top of the mascara tube, wasting product!
  • The product is very wet, so it takes a while to dry while results in a lot of smudging.
  • I always put mascara on my fake eyelashes when I have applied them to my lashline, make them look more real, but when putting the mascara on them it makes them look like I have used an eyelash curler, making them really stand up giving me very big fish eyes. So i would not use it on fake lashes ever

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As you can see on the right the lashes are really lenghtened making your eyes look bigger and brighter.

If you have product review requests leave a comment below 🙂

Cliodhna x

Bobbi Brown Bronzer Review

Everyone has a favourite bronzer.
One that you have had for years, that you can’t do your own makeup without, and personally a bronzer that you always have at the bottom of your handbag.

My favourite bronzer would have to be Bobbi Brown matte bronzer. I use the shade Medium, as it suits my skin tone.
Everyone’s skin is different so it is a matter if finding a shade that suits you best! This bronzer is a must have!
I absolutely love it. I have had it for 6 years and it never seems to fail me!

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It costs around €33, which is quite expensive, but it will last you so long!

It is a matte bronzer, instead of a shimmer one so it gives you a really natural sun kissed look.
It looks so natural and gives a lovely warm effect in your skin.

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It comes in a compact, with a mirror so you can use it when your too busy to sit sit down and apply your full makeup and keep it in your handbag when your on the go!
Just by adding a little bit to your cheeks using a blusher or bronzer brush when your in a rush and giving your eyelashes a quick coat of mascara can make such a difference! Giving you a gorgeous flawless natural summer look.

I would recommend this bronzer to anyone! I have tested out other bronzers but nothing compares to this Bobbi brown bronzer!

I hope I helped anyone in the search of a perfect bronzer! But definitely try this one out guys!

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Cliodhna x

Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara review

Hey everyone!
So today I’m going to do a review on the Rimmel ‘Scandaleyes’ mascara.
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I recently bought it, and thought it was a great purchase because I had a look at the mascara wand first.
As you can see from the picture above the head of the wand is very thick and big which means fuller and more volumized lashes!
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As you can see they don’t make much of a difference! The wand is supposed to make your lashes look bigger and fuller but in my opinion it is the same as any other cheap mascara. As I paid €10.50 for it so was expecting great results!

The one thing that I would say about this mascara is after a few hours underneath my eyes are covered in tiny black crumbly bits from the mascara, so bits of the mascara has fallen from my lashes underneath my eyes.

This is the main reason why I would not recommend this mascara to anyone! You wouldn’t realise it until you look in a mirror, making you look like you have panda eyes. I would rate this mascara 2/10.

If I was to recommend any mascara it would have to be NYC Big Bold mascara. I think it is amazing! A must buy!
Review will be posted about that mascara soon!

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Thanks for reading everyone, I hope I helped 🙂

Cliodhna x

MAC Soft and Gentle review

Hi guys, so today I have decided to write a review on MAC soft and gentle mineralize skin finish powder. Image

I recently bought it because we were using it so much in college that I just HAD to get it!
It is definitely a must have in my make up kit!  Using a little goes a long way remember that! I dust my brush over it before applying some to my face and it is plenty! You really will have this for years! There is so much in the product and you only need to use a little! So splurge out on that €28 because it will last you a long time!

I personally love any sort of shimmer makeup products! Shimmer blushes, eyeshadows you name it I have it! So when I got soft and gentle I instantly fell in love! It leaves a gorgeous shimmery shine to your face but nothing too heavy or strong so it only catches the shine in the light leaving you looking glowing and gorgeous! You can apply it above the cheekbones , down ridge of your nose, and on your cupids bow on your lip to make it really stand out.Image

That is my personal thoughts on the product! If anyone has any questions please comment below! Thanks everyone 🙂
Cliodhna x