Friday, September 4, 2015

New lipstick shades from MAC!! Little Buddha and Pickled Plum

Little Buddha and Pickled Plum cremesheen pearl MAC lipsticks review

Little Buddha and Pickled Plum cremesheen pearl MAC lipsticks review

Short and sweet post today.  New MAC lipstick shades make me happy!  I have every MAC lipstick from the permanent range that I want to own so newly launched shades make my heart race that little bit faster.

These two are from the 'Cremesheen Pearl' range and to the best of my knowledge these are permanent.  The Cremesheen formula has always been my most favourite MAC formula for it's luminous bold colour.  Cremesheen Pearl is sheerer but buildable and infused with tiny pearlized pigments.  It's less forgiving on dry lips so moisturise well.

I've started with two shades from the range......

Little Buddha and Pickled Plum cremesheen pearl MAC lipsticks review

Little Buddha is a sheer pale but face brightening pink.  Pickled Plum is more of a sheer blue based hot pink.  I love both.

Now I know they're permanent I have Star Magnolia, Pretty Boy and Sweet Sakura on my shopping list!

PS-I am thrilled to have been nominated for 'Best International Beauty Blog' in the Bloggers Blog Awards-you can vote for your favourites here.  Massive thanks to Hayley from Tea Party Beauty for all her very hard work with these awards!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

#FOTD-MAC Cranberry-not just for Xmas

how to wear mac cranberry

how to wear MAC Cranberry

How to wear MAC Cranberry

On Saturday night we went very swanky and went to the Armani hotel in Dubai for dinner at their Indian restaurant Amal.  I wanted to dress up for the occasion and had a burning desire to wear MAC Cranberry so I did a bit of internet research for ideas and then reached out to my friend Lauren for some lipstick inspiration.

I have said it before-I have zero discernible make up skills-I am just a girl who loves playing with make up!!  I was really happy with the result though so here is how I did it.


I prepped my skin with one pump of MAC Strobe Liquid and one pump of Josie Maran Argan Enlightenment Illuminizer mixed together as a primer.  I am loving this combo at the moment and have a full blog post coming soon about it.  I then used a Beauty Blender to apply Estee Lauder Doublewear foundation (I am the shade Ecru).  My skin has been really clear recently (she says touching wood because every time I say that publicly my skin immediately punishes me!!) so I only used concealer under my eyes.  First I used the By Terry Terrybly Densillis concealer in the shade 1 Fresh Fair to cover dark circles and then I used the L'Oreal MagiLumi Highlighter in Fair to highlight the under eye area.  I set that concealer with the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal light (review!)

I also then used the Beauty Blender to stipple some of the YSL Le Teint Saharienne Blur Perfector in shade 2 (review!) across the high points of my face to add some warmth.

I set my face with the Givenchy Poudre Premiere in the shade Universal Nude and then added a touch of bronzer in the form of the Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in 1 Golden Light which is a matte bronzer and great for pale girls like me.


Barely did anything to be honest here-just popped a bit of MAC Omega eyeshadow through them on a MAC 208 angled brush. 


I started by priming them with the Estee Lauder Doublewear lid primer and then placed MAC Cranberry on the inner two thirds of my lid with a MAC 239 brush.  I added MAC Club to the outer third and then blended MAC Patina through the crease.  I added Anastasia Brow Duality which is double ended pencil to the very inner corner-using the shimmery highlight side around the tear duct.

For liner I used the L'Oreal Infallible The Super Slim black liquid liner and mascara was the Sephora Outrageous Volume mascara (review)

Under the eye I just ran the leftover shadow on the 239 brush I used before with Cranberry/Club residue and then used mascara on the bottom lashes.

I did use the Zoeva Graphic Eyes liner in Opulance on the inner waterline but I wasn't convinced (it's red!) and I ended up darkening it with a black kohl.


I started with Charlotte Tilbury First Love blusher (review) but then added a bit of MAC Warm Soul on Laurens suggestion and this helped warm up the face a little.  I used BECCA Moonstone to highlight my cheekbones and down my nose.


I went with MAC Plumful which Lauren recommended but she also recommended MAC Shanghai Spice or Tom Ford Sable Smoke as a nude alternative.

I really loved Amal and would highly recommend it if you are looking for a swanky night out.  It's extremely elegant without being stuffy and the service is warm and attentive.  I am the worlds worst person with spicy food but my dishes were incredible and tailored to my palette.  It also has a great (and more exclusive) view of the Dubai Fountains.

Have you used MAC Cranberry before?  I definitely want to use it more often now!

PS-I am thrilled to have been nominated for 'Best International Beauty Blog' in the Bloggers Blog Awards-you can vote for your favourites here.  Massive thanks to Hayley from Tea Party Beauty for all her very hard work with these awards!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Lip Six

lipstick swatches

Happy Monday!   My friends Dani and Toral have now left Dubai but I had the best time with them last week and having a 4 day weekend has left me refreshed and energised.  Today I am off to Cairo for a few days on a business trip and then I am already planning to basically sleep the whole of next weekend!

Here are my last six lip picks-thanks so much for all the positive feedback last week xx

Top row (L) L'Oreal Le Matte in 108 Matte-r of Fact  (R) Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy in Rebellious Rose

Middle row (L) YSL Gloss Volupte in 202 (review of the formula!)  (R) Kat Von D Studded Kiss lipstick in Backstage Bambi (review!)

Bottom row (L)  Buxom Full On Lip Cream in Creamsicle (R) MAC Lustre lipstick in Plumful

Which is your favourite?  Don't forget to follow me on snapchat (stadybelle is my username) to see little snippets of my life!

PS-I am thrilled to have been nominated for 'Best International Beauty Blog' in the Bloggers Blog Awards-you can vote for your favourites here.  Massive thanks to Hayley from Tea Party Beauty for all her very hard work with these awards!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Two powders I am currently loving

make up review

I was thinking today 'what can I blog about that I don't talk about a lot'?  I do tons of lipstick and eyeshadow posts and I wanted to shake it up a bit so I thought I'd talk about a couple of powders that I am in love with at the moment.

make up for ever super matte loose powder

make up for ever super matte loose powder

First up is the Make Up For Ever Super Matte Loose Powder.  This is my daily make up setting powder at the moment and I like to apply it with the Marc Jacobs The Face 1 brush (pictured-dirty sorry) which is brilliant for powder.  Don't be put off by the name, I wouldn't say this is 'super matte'.  I think that implies it would be heavy and chalky but this is an incredibly lightweight and finely milled powder that is barely detectable on the skin.  It never looks cakey and does control oil well-not all day for me because I have naturally oily skin but I don't need to touch up til lunchtime.  I use the translucent shade but it comes in two darker shades as well.  I did expect it to be very very matte given the name but I like the feel and the finish on the skin a lot.

Hourglass ambient lighting powder in ethereal light review

Next up is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal light.  I haven't tried one of these Ambient Lighting Powders yet that I haven't loved and I own 5 of the 6 produced.

I am sure you have heard of these finishing powders but in case you haven't they are a collection of six universally-flattering finishing powders that recreate the most flattering lighting effect on your skin.  They would be a 'last step' in your make up routine, swirled over the skin to diffuse and soften the way light reflects on your skin.

I can't believe I don't seem to have ever written a review about these but Dim Light and Diffused Light are both amazing and the ones I have used up.  I'd always sort of avoided Ethereal light thinking it might look a bit sallow on my skin and possibly a bit chalky.  Hourglass describe it as 'An opalescent sheer, cool white powder that mimics a moonlit glow, even in broad daylight'. 

What made me take it out of my stash was seeing two Youtubers using this powder to set the concealer under their eyes.  This struck me as a good idea so I dug it out and dusted it off.  It's such a good powder for setting concealer.  It's incredibly finely milled and brightening and leaves no chalkiness on the skin.  I use it mainly for setting concealer using a Real Techniques setting brush but on the days I don't wear bronzer I swirl it over my skin after powder to diffuse soft lines and pores.  If you're not a powder lover these could just change your mind. 

Personally, I've always been a powder fan and these two are very much loved in my routine at the moment.

Friday, August 28, 2015

New in-Chloe 'Carlina' sunglasses

I know usually you tune in here to read about make up or skin care but today I thought I might share a recent purchase of one of my other passions-sunglasses!  (NB I also like shoes, diamonds and handbags)

I had seen these sunglasses whilst browsing Nordstrom and ran them past my personal style adviser Lis to see what she thought. Lis and I have fairly similar taste so I am always whatsapping her going 'what do you think of this'? but the trouble is always encourages me to purchase! 

These are the ChloĆ© Carlina 60mm sunglasses in the green/gold shade and I bought them in store at Nordstrom in LA recently.  They also come in a grey and bronze shade but the green was subtle and something unique in my collection.  They're oversized, extremely lightweight and I love the almost 60's feel to them.

I'm so pleased I bought them and I got great feedback when I posted a picture of me wearing them on instagram.  The other trouble is, I really want the ChloĆ© Danae sunglasses too now.

Living in a hot country is the best excuse I can think of for lusting after so many sunglasses!  Totes justifiable.