MAC Cosmetics Nutcracker Sweet Collection | Face & Lip Products ♡ Holiday 2016

Time for the second instalment of my breakdown of the MAC Nutcracker Sweet collection for Holiday 2016! This time we are looking at the Face products and the Lip products that have been released with this collection, so let’s get started shall we?!

First up we are going to do the face products because there are quite a few!

 


Face Compacts £29

Let’s just all take a deep breathe, and then slightly lose our mind at the fact Whisper of Gilt is BACK! Possibly one of the most highly coveted highlighters of all time has made its comeback!! The packaging and the embossing on the pans themselves is absolutely stunning with the rope pattern making them look very decadent.

These compacts contain an Extra Dimension Skinfinish, and an Extra Dimension Blush. None of the shades are carried in the permanent line.

Sweet Copper

♡ Whisper of Gilt is a pale gold shimmer highlighter

♡ Pleasure Model is a peachy brown blush

Sweet Peach 

♡ Tutu is a pale pink highlighter

At Dusk is a warm rose shade of blush

The Extra Dimension products do all have a bit of shimmer to them, although the blushes don’t look as though they have too much that it would make them unbearable or highlight any texture on the cheeks.

Size and Pricing

♡ The Face Compacts retail for £29, which is a good price considering you get a decent amount of product.

♡ Nowhere on the MAC website does it say how much product you get in the pans, however from seeing photos floating around on the internet they do look like decent sizes pans.

I think these compacts are worth the money purely for the sheer exclusivity of the shades, extra dimension blushes are not something that appear very often, and Whisper of Gilt is a cult favourite.


Magic Dust Powder £24

Magic Dust Powders aren’t a product I have seen released from MAC before, and as far as I am aware this is the first time that they have appeared in a collection. The MAC website states that they are a “translucent, ultra-fine, light-catching pearlescent powder for face, neck and décolleté”. It sounds as though they are used to give a subtle sheen to areas that you desire.

♡ Sweet Vision is a pinky peach with gold pearl

♡ Yum Yum Yum is a soft pink with gold pearl

Each pan is 10g, which is the size of a regular face powder from MAC.

They retail for £24 which is the price of a regular Mineralize SkinFinish.


Lipstick £17

Five Lipsticks have been released with this collection, and can we just take a minute to appreciate the stunning packaging?! The Matte deep plum, the gold barrel and the hot pink lid? What isn’t to love?

♡ Kingdom of Sweets is a soft, milky pink in a Cremesheen finish

♡ Flamboyish is a matte hot, deep pink

♡ Saucy Little Darling is a deep, coral-red, in an amplified créme finish

♡ So Good For You is an intense cool red, in a matte finish that looks like it would make your teeth look incredibly white when worn.

♡ Leap of Delight is a deep, plum purple in a matte finish. This purple lipstick is fairly unique to MAC.

♡ The lipsticks retail for £17 which is £1.50 more than the regular price of £15.50. Although I think just to own the stunning, incredibly unique packaging it would be worth it.

 


Viva Glam Lip Compact £20

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Viva Glam Lip Compact

The lip palette that has been released with this collection is a fairly diverse one, you get a pale warm nude, a slightly darker nude and a cool toned red. The palette includes 3 of the most iconic Viva Glam Lipstick shades.

(From Left to Right) 

♡ Viva Glam II is a muted, pink beige with shimmer in a satin finish

♡ Viva Glam VI is a terracotta plum with pearl in a lustre finish

♡ Viva Glam I is an intense brownish, blue based red in a matte finish.

♡ The lip palette retails for £20, which I think is a fairly decent price considering you get to trial 3 Viva Glam shades, although the MAC website does say that the palette is 2 inches by 2.3 inches, which is pretty small, so I don’t think you get a lot of product per pan.

 

I have already broken down the Eye Products that have been released with this collection (which you can read here). Next up is going to be the smaller kits that MAC have released with this collection.

 

 

 

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips! ♡ New In Beauty

Charlotte Tilbury is definitely the luxury brand of the moment, they seem to be the brand on everybody’s lips. If you haven’t heard of their Magic Cream or the lipstick in Glastonberry then where have you been?! The incredible brand have just launched a brand new collection of 16 Hot Lips Lipsticks! Each lipstick has been created in collaboration with beautiful, inspiring women and there is definitely a shade in the range for everybody!

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From L-R; Bosworth’s Beauty, Hel’s Bells, Nude Kate, Liv It Up, Hot Emily, Very Victoria, Sexy Sienna, Penelope Pink, Miranda May, Super Cindy, Kim K.W., Tell Laura, Carina’s Love, Electric Poppy, Secret Salma, Kidman’s Kiss

There is everything in this collection, there are nudes, pinks, corals, reds and darker more plum shades. So let’s get into each shade shall we?

I’m going to break the lipsticks down into 4 groups of 4 and talk about each shade and who it was created in collaboration with. So here goes;

Starting from the left we have Bosworth’s Beauty a bright, warm pink that Tilbury describes as ‘a statement pink that brings 1950’s retro vintage glamour brought into the modern day’. This pink was created with Kate Bosworth and depicts her timeless beauty.

Next up is Hel’s Bells, my personal favourite from this collection! Created with Helena Bonham-Carter this lipstick is a stunning rich mulberry shade.

The first of a few pale nudes in this collection is Nude Kate. It is inspired by the ‘biscuit-beige’ look that Charlotte Tilbury originally mixed for Kate Moss. It is a very pale nude, and would look good on people with lighter skin tones. On darker skin tones I think this would end up looking ashy due to it being quite white-based.

Finally in this little group is Liv It Up, created with Liv Tyler this shade is a muted rose shade that I think would look lovely with a classic cat-eye and flawless skin.

Hot Emily is a beautiful, bright coral shade that was created in collaboration with Emily Ratajkowski. Charlotte Tilbury has said that this shade is inspired by the 1970’s hues in ‘American Love Story’. This is a perfect summer colour that would look amazing with a tan!

Very Victoria is probably my second favourite out of this collection, I am a huge fan of the deeper, more mauve-y toned nudes and this is perfect. Inspired by Victoria Beckham, this suede-nude is kind of Velvet Teddy-esque in that it is a timeless shade.

Sexy Sienna is definitely a summer shade, it would compliment a tan absolutely perfectly. Tilbury describes this as a ‘Golden Coral’ and I don’t think I could sum it up any better than that. Not too bright, not too pastel.

Penelope Pink is a muted, nude pink inspired by the beautiful Penelope Cruz. This is a very ‘your lips but better’ kind of colour that would add just a touch of colour but not be too bold.

Miranda May is a very fresh pinky-coral colour that was inspired by Miranda Kerr. This is a very beachy shade that would look lovely with slightly sea-waved hair and a golden tan.

Super Cindy is described as a ‘barely-there taupey nude’ that would definitely suit a radiant skin, nude eye type of makeup look. I think this is a nude that would suit every skin tone, but any body with darker skin may want to use a slightly darker lipliner around the edges to reduce any ashy tones.

Kim K.W. is exactly the colour that I think of when I think of Kim Kardashian-West’s makeup. She is always rocking a super pale nude, and this is the palest nude in the collection. It’s a very pink nude, that Kim would be proud of!

Tell Laura is a super bright, orange-red inspired by Laura Bailey. This is 100% a summery shade! I think this would look amazing with a thin, winged liner and a slightly more matte face.

Carina’s Love is a beautiful bordeaux red, a very classic shade that will suit any skin tone. It is inspired by Carina Lau and I think it would look absolute stunning on anybody with a medium skin tone or darker. Possibly even somebody who is super pale, to create that almost Snow White look.

Electric Poppy is the brightest shade in this new lineup, a neon, super vibrant fun pink. This colour will definitely make a statement when worn. This colour is inspired by Poppy Delevigne, known for her crazy, bubbly personality which is definitely portrayed in this lip colour.

Secret Salma is another one of those classic mauve-y nudes that everybody seems to be loving at the moment. This rose-plum shade would look stunning on anybody with brown eyes.

Kidman’s Kiss is a a coral-nude that is another one of the ‘your lips but better shades’. This shade would be incredibly easy to wear, and would go with almost any makeup look. I think it would be pretty difficult to find a look that this shade, inspired by Nicole Kidman, doesn’t work with.

So there we are, the 16 new shades from Charlotte Tilbury. Now let’s get into the technical bits shall we?

The Charlotte Tilbury websites boasts a formula that contains 3D pigments that create a cashmere soft look on the lips. They look to be, from the lip swatches on the website a creamy matte finish, and extremely pigmented.

These lipsticks have the same square tip as the Matte Revolution Lipsticks, Charlotte designed this bullet-shape to mimic a lip brush and make application from the tube much easier.

The lipsticks are available now to buy from the Charlotte Tilbury website (linked here) and cost £23 each, the standard price of a CT lipstick.

So there we have it, the new launch from Charlotte Tilbury. Let me know what you think and if you have tried anything from Charlotte Tilbury!

Tasha J Beauty xo

Sleek Whimsical Wonderland Collection! ♡ New In Beauty

A new collection has just been announced from Sleek and it is full of beautiful pastel shades and an entirely new product!

Let’s start with the eyeshadows shall we?

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I think the I-divine palettes from Sleek are up there in my top 5 products from Sleek, the shadows are always so incredibly pigmented and smooth, and easy to blend.

Plus can we just talk about how cute this palette is for a second?! If you ever wanted to be a pastel princess then this is definitely your chance, although if the colours scare you a little bit, then there are also a few neutral shades so that you can tone the look down a bit!

I definitely think I’m going to need to get my hands on this!

The palette retails for £8.99, the same price as all of the I-divine palettes, which is amazing value considering you get 12 shadows!

Next up are 3 new additions to the Lip VIP range:

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All 3 of these colours are super pretty, and pastel.

First up is Hot Tottie; a warm mix between a coral and a red, this shade would look amazing with a simple neutral matte eye, a winged liner and big lashes.

Next we have Fancy Pants, a creamiscle orange colour that would look really pretty in the summer with bronze glowy skin.

The last lipstick in this collection is Big Shot, a very cool-toned blue based pink. Not a lipstick for the faint-hearted!

The lipsticks retail for £5.50

Last up in this collection is a completely new product from Sleek; the Sweet Cheeks cheek stains!

Sleek Whimsical Wonderland - cheek stains

These are such a cool idea, they are very similar to the Illamasqua Gel Blushers (linked here). They are basically a gel stick that blends out to a beautiful sheer blush on the cheeks.

Hullabaloo is a beautiful warm rosy pink.

Lickety Split is a bright orange, that would look beautiful on darker skin tones.

Tom Foolery is a beautiful plum colour that would look absolutely stunning on darker skin tones. I also think if applied lightly this could look quite breathtaking on very pale skin tones.

The Sweet Cheeks retail for £5.50.

So that is the new Whimsical Wonderland Collection from Sleek! The entire collection is available from the Sleek Cosmetics website (link here).

Let me know if you pick up anything from the collection and what you think!

Tasha J Beauty xo

 

 

 

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

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)

 

New In Beauty ♡ Bourjois Souffle de Velvet

There’s a pretty exciting release from Bourjois hitting the shelves, the Souffle de Velvet. Another addition to the Velvet range, joining the Rouge Edition Velvet, a matte finish lip cream, and the Rouge Edition Aqua Lacque, a glossy liquid lipstick.

The Souffle Velvet are described as a sheer, matte liquid lipstick which I personally find very interesting. I think these lipsticks would be amazing for in the spring and summer when you don’t necessarily want a fully opaque lipstick. The sheer formula will give a much more subtle look on the lips. While, I am hoping that the matte formula will reduce transfer.

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The Souffle de Velvet comes in 8 shades, ranging from a light peachy colour, to a darker fuchsia and a deep Kylie Jenner brown shade. I like the shade range as there are no super dark colours, which means that they will all give you a very fresh, bright look.

The Souffle de Velvet retail for £6.99 and are available to purchase now!

I can’t wait to get my hands on a few of these shades, VIPeach and Carameli Melo are calling my name!

Tasha J Beauty xo