MAC Cosmetics Nutcracker Sweet Collection | Eye Products ♡ Holiday 2016

It’s that time of year again when everyone’s emails, twitters and YouTube feeds are full of the exciting launches that the holiday season brings.

Let’s start off with an absolutely massive launch shall we? MAC never fail to disappoint when it comes to Holiday collections and this year is no different. The launch is so massive that I am going to break it down into 4 different posts:

♡ Stand Alone Eye Products

♡ Stand Alone Face & Lip Products (which you can read here)

♡ Small Kits

♡ Large Kits

This post is going to be all about the stand alone eye products. There are quite a few so let’s get started!

First of all there are 2 different types of Liner launching with this holiday collection. The packaging for the liners is definitely different to the usual sleek black Mac packaging that we are all used to. The Liner itself is a beautiful jewel toned purple colour, and the cap is a striking hot pink.

KOHL POWER EYE PENCIL £16

 

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Kohl Power Eye Pencil / Feline

The Kohl Power Eye Pencil in the shade Feline is carried in the permanent line and has simply been relaunched in the Holiday packaging.

♡ The Liner retails for £16, which is £2 more than the regular retail price of £14.

♡ You get 1.45g of product which is a fairly standard amount of product in an eyeliner.

♡ MAC claim that this product is safe for use on the waterline, and is perfectly wearable for contact wearers.


EYE KOHL £16

Two Eye Kohl pencils have been released with this collection, again neither of them in new shades.

♡ Powersurge is a bronzed brown with golden shimmer

♡ Prunella is a purple shade

♡ The Eye Kohls retail again for £16, same as the Kohl Power, which is £2 more than the original retail price.

♡ You get 1.45g of product which again is pretty standard for a Mac Eyeliner.


MAGIC DUST EYE SHADOWS £17.50

The Magic Dust Shadow formula is a new one to the Mac line, they claim to be a longwearing, shimmering pearl powder shadow that is creamy to the touch, because of this formula being new, it does mean that all 6 shades are not available int he permanent line.

♡ Foward March is a peachy gold shimmer

♡ Dance Flowers Dance is a light pink

♡ Pretty Dainty is a pink coral shimmer

♡ Rabblerouser is a bright intense pink

♡ Dark Lullaby is a deep, midnight purple

♡ Mustache is a black shadow with a gold glitter running through it

♡ These shadows retail for £17.50 which is fairly pricey for a single shadow from Mac. However, you are getting 2.2g of product per shadow, which is a lot more than the normal MAC shadow size of 1.5g.


PIGMENT £16

Both of the Pigment shades that are being released with this collection are in the regular line, and they do not have any special packaging that is exclusive to the Holiday Collection. For this reason I wouldn’t say that you need to rush out and get them immediately, because they are going nowhere.

♡ Process Magenta is a bright magenta

♡ Rose is a rose shade with a copper sparkle

♡ The pigments are a standard size of 4.5g, a huge amount of pigment that will last an extremely long time, and retail for £16, the price of a regular pigment


EYE COMPACTS £29

 

There are three new shadow palettes being released for the Holidays. A Cool palette, a Smoky palette and a warm palette.

We’ll look at the shades in the palettes first and then break down the pan size, amount of product and pricing.

Cool Palette (From Left to Right)

♡ Enchanted Beauty is a pale pink shimmer in a lustre finish

♡ Performance Art is a mauve with a silver pearl in a lustre finish

♡ The Wrong Man is a pale cool pink satin shade

♡ Marzipan is a muted plummy taupe in a matte finish

♡ Quite Spoiled is a muted midtone lilac in a satin finish

♡ Absurdly Pretty is a matte raspberry shade

♡ Sugar Plum is a dirty matte grape shade

♡ Plum Darling is a metallic charcoal plum in a lustre finish

♡ Nutcracker is a deep blackened purple in a satin finish

Smoky Palette (From Left to Right)

♡ Too-dle-oo is a light warm beige shade in a finish

♡ Deception is a cool medium brown

♡ Sweet Dreams is a warm midstone stone

♡ Kid is a beige cashmere

♡ Dewdrop is a bright apricot

♡ Cake & Biscuit is a soft peachy brown

♡ Swiss Chocolate is a muted reddish brown

♡ Dance In The Dark is a deep cool brown

♡ Licorice Lane is a deep blackened brown

Warm Palette (From Left to Right)

♡ Filament is a platinum silver in a lustre finish

♡ Whirling is a metallic silver beige in a lustre finish

♡ Era is a soft golden beige with with shimmer in a satin finish

♡ Woodwinked is a warm antique gold in the Veluxe Pearlfusion finish

♡ Unwind is a dirty olive in the Veluxe Pearlfusion finish

♡ Lady Fingers is a true gold in a velvet finish

♡ Twelve Chimes is a metallic deep cool brown in a lustre finish

♡ Showstopper is a matte deep blackened brown

♡ Beyond Gorgeous is a black with a gold pearl in a Veluxe Pearlfusion finish

 

The Smoky palette is a completely matte palette, whereas the Cool and Warm palettes have a few different finishes of shadow in them.

♡ Both palettes retail for £29, which works out at just over £3.20 per shadow.

♡ The entire palette is 10g, which works out at about 1.1g of shadow per pan. Considering a single MAC shadow is 1.5g I think these palettes are an amazing deal.

All of the MAC holiday collections can be purchased at maccosmetics.co.uk.

 

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MAC Future Forward: Halsey! ♡ New MAC Releases 3/5

Halsey has teamed up with MAC for their Future Forward series. This collaboration is happening in 4 stages with 4 different music artists, Tinashe, Halsey, Dej Loaf and Lion Babe.

Tinashe’s collaboration featured an Eyeshadow x 9 and was available from the 17th of March and unfortunately isn’t available anymore.

Halsey’s lipstick has been available since March 21st and is the feature of this blog post.

Dej Loaf will be releasing a lipglass on April 14th that is a soft mid-tone nude shade.

Finally, Lion Babe will be releasing a Liquidlast Liner in a shimmering gold shade on the 28th of April. MAC future forward lipstick

The Halsey Lipstick is what I have been most excited for from this series of collaborations, not only is the colour amazingly unique, but I have recently fallen in love with Halsey’s music as well, which makes it even better.

The shade is simply described as a ‘grey’ on the MAC website, but it is a very cool toned grey, that is quite dark. The finish of the lipstick isn’t mentioned on the MAC site, but MAC are well known for producing amazing lip products so I’m sure this will be just the same.

Unfortunately, it is sold out on the UK MAC website at the moment so I can’t get my hands on it, but hopefully it comes back in stock soon!! I would love to have this stunning lipstick in my collection, I definitely don’t think this is a shade for the light hearted though, seeing as it is a grey colour, I’m sure it will be extremely creamy and pigmented, as it would probably look a little strange sheer.

Also, can we talk about the packaging?! Now if you know anything about Halsey, or have listening to her song ‘Colours’ (which I strongly recommend, it is amazing) then you will know that she sort of maybe loves the colour blue a little, so it makes sense for the packaging to be a swirly mix of different blues. I think it looks so beautiful, and I would definitely have it on display somewhere!

The lipstick retails for £15.50, the price of a regular MAC lipstick, over on maccosmetics.co.uk

Would you be brave enough to wear a slate-grey lipstick out of the house? What makeup look would you pair it with?

Tasha J Beauty xo

Future MAC Collection ♡ New MAC Releases 2/5

Next up in my series of new MAC releases is the Future collection. This collection focuses on luminous, Mineralize products. This is big collection featuring 21 products. Some are new products and shades, and some are re-featured products.

So! Let’s get started, there’s a lot to talk about!

First up are 5 new shades of the Mineralize Rich Lipstick, which is an extremely moisturizing lipstick. The lipsticks retail for £21.00.

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Supernova is a cool, off-white

Metafabulous is a soft peach

Cybernaut is a neutral pink

Ionized is a metallic silver, and is easily the most unique shade in this collection

Touch the Earth is a midtone taupe

 

To pair with the lipsticks are 4 shades of Mineralize Glasses, in complimenting colours. As far as I’m aware, these are all new shades to the MAC range. All of the shades are pearlescent and will give a high shine to the lips. The Lip Glasses retail for £20.00.MAC future collection lipglasses

Antireality is a soft white with pearl

Telegenius is a soft peachy pink with pearl

Interspatial is a silver with multi-colour pearl

The Zone is a dirty mauve with pearl

 

There are also 3 Mineralize Eyeshadow Quads, the shadows in these quads are mineral-based baked eyeshadows, meaning they are extremely shiny. They also provide an ultra-lightweight coverage. The Quads retail for £34.00.

 

Future Collection Eyeshadows

Nanonude contains a warm beige, a neutral beige, a soft caramel and a gold with pearl. The shades will create a very soft, warm look if used all together.

Dark Energy contains a metallic silver, an iridescent teal, a metallic blue a black with pearl. This quad will give a more dramatic look, and will look pretty on blue eyes.

Full Orbit contains a creamy white, a dirty olive, a deep grey and a soft brown with pearl. I think this palette is the most diverse, because you could make a very natural eye look out of these shades or you could use the darker shade, and add a bit of drama.

MAc Future Eye Glosses

An item that has been featured a few times in MAC collection now are the eye glosses, these are a product that I think looks cool on other people but I don’t think I could wear for more than about 5 minutes before I got annoyed with the sticky feeling on my eyelids. The Eye Glosses retail for £16.00.

Pearl Varnish is a white gloss with pearl

Lightly Taupe is a light beige gloss with pearl

The idea with eye glosses is that  you do your eyeshadow look and then you put the gloss over the top, this gives a very shiny look to the eyelids and gives a lot of dramatic effect.

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Also featured as items in this collection are a few standard line items from MAC. The Mineralise Multi-Effect Lash Mascara in Charged Black contains yeast extract and is a very volumising formula. The Mascara retails for £21.00.

There are also 2 of the Technakohl Liners in Sterling Silver and Graphblack, these are extremely pigmented, and are twist up so you don’t waste any product when sharpening. The Liners retail for £14.00.

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There are also a set of lashes featured, the Number 4 lashes from the permanent line, these lashes aren’t super intense and are more of a wispy lash, similar to the Ardell Wispies. The lashes retail for £10.50.

There are 2 MAC Studio Nail Lacquers for this collections also, I have never tried one of these polishes  however the website boasts ‘A long lasting, high-impact colour that won’t fade, dull or streak. The Nail lacquers retail for £10.00.

Moonday is a clear with silver pearl.

Sweet Potion is a soft beige nude shade.

All of the items can be picked up from maccosmetics.co.uk or I believe this collection is available in MAC Stores.

Let me know if you are thinking of picking anything up from the new collection!

Tasha J Beauty xo

 

MAC x Caitlyn Jenner – Finally Free♡ New Mac Releases 1/5

Recently MAC have released a whole bunch of new collections that are officially available in stores today! (but some stores may have released them early, and some might release a little later) Although, they have been available online for about a week now!

I have decided to do a small series of blog posts, that are all going to be posted at around the same time, but it means that you can pick and choose what to read rather than reading through a massive blog post with 5 different collections.

This post is going to be about the Mac x Caitlyn Jenner collaboration, a lipstick called Finally FrMAC Caitlyn Jenneree. I think the name of this lipstick is one of the best I have seen, it represents how Caitlyn finally feels free after sharing her transition with the world.

Finally Free is a Cremesheen lipstick, in a midtone rosey nude shade. I think it is a beautiful and classy colour that would suit pretty much every skin tone. In fact, the Mac website says that this lipstick was made to suit All Ages, All Races and All Races.

The best part about this lipstick is that, not only is it an absolutely stunning shade, but 100% of the selling price goes to the MAC AIDS Fund Transgender Initiative to help further its work in support of Transgender Communities. It is amazing that the entire selling price goes to such a great cause, plus, it means you have a really good reason to buy lipstick. Buying lipstick to help support transgender communities, it’s a win win situation really!

The lipstick retails for $17 from maccosmetics.com

If ever you needed a time to buy a MAC lipstick, now is definitely the time, if you are worried about buying a slightly more expensive lipstick, then you can be at peace knowing that the money is going to such an amazing cause!

Tasha J Beauty xo

(Image taken from the Mac Website)

 

High End Foundation Wishlist ♡ Nars, YSL, Koh Gen Do and more…

This is a big one..my High End Foundation Wishlist. There are so many high-end foundations that everyone is talking about at the moment and I would love to add them to my collection!

high end foundation wishlist

1) Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation – £32.00 – Feel Unique

This is a foundation that is really intriguing to me, I have always wanted to test out some of the more ‘weightless’ foundations that the high-end market has to offer, and I think that Nars would be a good place to start. I’m also drawn in by the ‘luminous’ claim, as you will probably know if you have read my last few posts, I am a huge fan of glowy skin.

2) YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint Foundation – £31.50 – Feel Unique

I have been testing out this foundation recently after I received a sample in the mail, and I love it. I will be posting a review soon so keep your eyes out for that! It leaves such a beautiful finish to the skin and I definitely think it is worth investing in!

3) Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation – $35.00 – Sephora.com

Now this foundation is known for being super mega full coverage, so I wouldn’t wear it on an everyday basis, but I think this would be a great addition to my collection for when I have events to go to, or my skin is having an off day!

4) Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation – $43.00 – Sephora.com

Ever since I joined the beauty community I have heard endless people raving about how amazing the HD Foundation from MUFE is, and unfortunately I never got the chance to test out the original formula, but luckily, the reformulated shiny new version is just as good according to the reviews, so I am dying to give it a go!

5) Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation – $62.00 – Sephora.com

Now this one is down to Shaaanxo on YouTube. She is always talking about how amazing this foundation is and how lovely it makes her skin look, and if Shannon recommends it, it’s a must have. I trust her opinions on things 110%. This one is fairly pricey though so will have to wait until I have saved a little before it makes its way into my collection.

6) Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation – £37.00 – Feel Unique

Again I have been grabbed by the Luminous claims. I am a sucker for dewy, radiant skin and will try out any product that claims it can give me just that. So it’s no surprise that I would love to grab a bottle of Luminous Silk to add to my collection!

7) Cover FX Custom Cover Drops – $44.00 – Sephora.com

This is a product that is very very interesting to me. I love how pigmented the drops are and the possibilities to just wear a moisturiser but still have a decent amount  of coverage. I think the concept behind this product is amazing, and I will be testing them out when I get to America in May.

8) Nars Sheer Glow Foundation – £31.00 – Feel Unique

This one is definitely a cult classic, I think everybody and their mama knows about this foundation! It seems to be such a staple in every makeup collection that I have seen, so it will 100% be making its way into my collection in the next couple of months! I’m thinking of picking it up when I go to New York!

9) Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation – £30.00 – Feel Unique

Another foundation that I dont think I would wear every day because it is incredibly full coverage, but it photographs well and leaves skin looking absolutely flawless so would be perfect for events!

10) Too Faced Born This Way Foundation – $39.00 – Sephora.com

A new-ish foundation launch from Too Faced that has had the beauty community going crazy! Everybody is talking about how amazing it leaves your skin looking and how it doesnt budge all day, and who doesnt want a foundation that doesnt need touch-ups throughout the day! Effortless? Yes please!

11) Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation – £27.00 – Feel Unique

A nice lightweight foundation with a dewy finish, I’m pretty sure from reading the rest of this post that you’ve gathered that means I need  to get my hands on this one. That and the fact that Urban Decay always produce amazing products.

Ah! So many foundations, I dont know which ones to add to my collection first! What are your recommendations?!

Tasha J Beauty xo

 

Makeup Revolution Amazing Lipstick Review ♡

It’s no secret at this point that I love Makeup Revolution, their products are amazing quality and are incredibly affordable. I picked up 2 of their £1 Amazing lipsticks and because they were only £1 I picked up a couple of colours I maybe wouldn’t normally have picked up.

I picked up a shade that looks like it would be a black lipstick, but is actually a very pretty dark berry colour. I also picked up a nude colour, because I haven’t ever worn a true nude colour and I was curious to see whether they suit me (they dont…).

Makeup Revolution Lipsticks
L-R; 100% Vamp, The One

I do like the formula of these lipsticks, they are incredibly creamy and last a decent while on the lips. The only problem that I have found is with 100% Vamp, it applies quite patchy, however, if you apply a lipliner underneath it does look very pretty.

Makeup Revolution Lipstick Swatches The application of ‘The One’ is very nice, it applies smoothly and gives a very even colour. If the colour looked nice against my skin I would definitely wear this a lot more!

I’m waiting a couple of months and then I’m thinking of picking up a load of Makeup Revolution products because I do think they are incredible, and you can make a very nice makeup look without breaking the bank.

The shade range contains 27 shades, so there is definitely a  shade there for everyone. There are even some more odd shades, like a lilac and a stone grey shade, and because they are quite white based I think they would apply as well as ‘The One’.

I definitely recommend these lipsticks, and for £1 I don’t think you can really go wrong. I wasn’t expecting a whole lot when I picked up these lipsticks but I was very surprised. They are incredible and I would love to pick up the whole collection. It is crazy to think that you could pick up the whole 27 shade collection of these lipsticks, for the same price as some of the high end lipsticks.

I also have a few other posts about Makeup Revolution that you can read here:

Makeup Revolution Haul: link

Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lacquer Review: link

Tasha J Beauty xo

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March Favourites ♡

This is my first ever favourites post, so I have a lot of favourites to share! I have split this post into 5 categories; Brushes, Face Makeup, Eyes and Lips, Swatches and Nails.

march favourites brushesFirst up is the brushes section, these brushes are definitely my favourites at the moment and I use them every day without fail!

I got them from Amazon for about £12 including shipping (link), and I wasn’t expecting much when they arrived. However after playing around with them for a bit I was incredibly impressed!

The brush set comes with 10 brushes, but the 6 pictured are my favourite. From left to right the uses I have found for these brushes are; Blending out contour, applying foundation, applying highlighter, smudging out my undereye shadow, and the last 2 brushes on the right are used for blending eyeshadow. I would recommend these brushes to anyone, they are amazing!

march favourites face

Next up are the face products. I have been really searching for products that can help my skin look flawless this month, as I have been having some trouble with my skin texture.

One of the products that I have found helps a lot is the B. Essence Water (link), it is incredibly hydrating and smooths my skin out well. It also smells nice which is always a plus!

I have still been loving my Lumi Magique, but I have already reviewed it on my blog, so you can read that here, if you want to hear more about why it is amazing!

2 face products that I’ve been using on minimal makeup days are the Rimmel BB Cream Radiance (link), and the Maybelline’s The Eraser Eye (link). Using these products together makes me look incredibly awake and put together, without the need for a thousand and one different products.

 
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Next up is some colour! Woohoo!! My go-to palette for almost everyday this month was the Makeup Revolution Salvation Palette in Run Boy Run (link), all of the colours are super pigmented and blendable. I am a huge fan of Makeup Revolution’s Eyeshadow formulas.

In order to make a nice and quick eyeshadow look, or for those days when you have 5 minutes to get out the front door, and still want to look pretty, I’ve been using the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in On and On Bronze (link). I use my finger to roughly press it all over my lid, and then use a big fluffy blending brush to blend it into the crease, and it gives a nice, put together look.

A new obsession of mine is the Rimmel Provocalips in Kiss Me You Fool (link). I’ve read mixed reviews about these, and have been wanting to test them out for myself, and I am so glad I did. They last all day, through drinking and eating. There is zero transfer whatsoever. I will be posting a review and swatches in the next week or so, so look out for that!

march favourites nails

Finally are 3 nail polishes. I’ve been trying to grow my nails out recently, and I have found that using pretty nail polish helps with that! I’ve been loving the Tanya Burr Nail Polishes in Be Bright, Be Happy, Be You and Bright and Early. There are such bright corally shades and last well on my nails.

A long time favourite of mine that has been on my nails a lot this past month is Master Plan by Essie, it is a beautiful neutral grey shade that looks so nice on my nails. Sometimes I pair it with a matte top coat, but it looks better without it in my opinion.

What products have you been loving this past month?

Tasha J Beauty xo